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Gambia wins WAFU U-20 Cup….Beat Liberia 2-1

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Gambia celebrates after defeating Liberia 2-1 to lift WAFU U-20 Trophy
Gambia celebrates after defeating Liberia 2-1 to lift WAFU U-20 Trophy

MONROVIA,LIBERIA-Gambia U-20 captured the 2018 West African Football Union (WAFU) golden trophy Saturday beating host Liberia U-20 to the biggest trophy.

The Gambia, though not impressive on the night, managed to score twice against an entertaining Junior Lone Star of Liberia in both halves to claim a 2-1 victory.

Gambia’s Jammel Adama scored a brace to help Gambia to winning the youth tournament staged in Liberia for the first time.

Adama scored his first goal under three minutes when Liberia young sensational goalkeeper, Ashley Williams, erred in clearing a boy outside the eighteen box.

That goal came few seconds after Musa Kebbah missed a clear chance to put Liberia in front in the two minute when he had only the keeper to beat.

Liberia U-20 dominated the first half after falling behind, missing several scoring chances with Edward Ledlum, Sekou Sheriff and Musa Kabbeh all coming close to leveling for the Junior Lone Star.

The Gambian Goalkeeper who picked up the man of the match award in that game denied Liberia young forwards in those attempts.

The home team came out stronger in the second half, producing some fine moments in the early minutes of the second half.

Liberia U-20 leveled in the 47th minute with defender Jeremy Sengbeh poking home Sekou Sheriff’s corner.

The pressure by the Junior Lone Star continued after that equalizer with the Gambians defending with the lives.

Adama Jammel poked in the winner in the 67th minute when he corrected another goalkeeping and defensive errors.

Ashley Williams came out of his goal line and struggled to catch a floating ball which was missed cleared by the defenders, before an unmarked Adama rolled the ball in an empty net.

Gambia defender ensured they won the WAFU Youth Competition without tasting defeat.

Liberia’s Allen Njie won the tournament’s Most Valuable medal, while Ivory Coast Diabate Yalatif won the highest goal scorer medal.

Several Liberians spoken to after the match praised the team’s performance, especially with the players taking the country to the final despite not playing in completive league games for more than five months.

The is huge cries among the local fans who want the team catered to and provided for all the support needed to develop into the senior national team.

 


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