14 November 2017 06:54
Hawks FC on Saturday (11 November 2017) overcame rivals Armed Forces 4 -3 on penalties in Banjul to win the Gambia Super Cup.
The one-off match, the curtain raiser to the 2017/18 pitted Hawks, winners of last season’s domestic knockout competition against league champions Armed Forces, with the game being decided via penalties after a barren stalemate in regulation time.
Hawks controlled possession but failed to make best use of their numerous created chances.
Alagie Kujabi had a long curling right footed kick hit the woodwork at the half hour mark and Matarr Badjie failed to tap home Kabba Gibba’s in swinging cross from the right in the 67th minute.
Armed Forces, who looked unconvincing in the game, saw striker Adama Jammeh wasted their closest chance of the game with glancing free header after 70 minutes.
Both sides played defensively and ground out a tiresome goalless draw before the Reds emerged winners on a shootout.
Hawks pocketed 75,000 GMD (US$1,587) as winners whiles Armed Forces went home with 50,000 GMD (US$1,058) as runner up.
Armed Forces and Hawks will be Gambia’s representatives at next year’s CAF champions League and Confederations Cup competitions respectively.
Meanwhile, the Gambia Football Federation 2017 – 2018 Division One League season will be in full swing this weekend as three time champions, Armed Forces look to defend the title, while Hawks will hope to continue their resurgence.
Interior FC Ladies are reining supreme in Gambia’s Female League Division One as they won seven domestic trophies from December 2015 to date.
In a related development, Interior FC humbled Immigration 4-0 to win the Women’s Super
Cup. Captain Mama Saidy, Catherine Jatta, Mbassey Darboe and an own-goal by Awa Trawally ensured victory for the reigning domestic champions.