Makeni, SIERRA LEONE – The search for the prestigious 2023 EBK-Trophy began in October of this year, and it is set to conclude on Christmas Day. The matchup will feature two formidable teams, Golden Dragons Football Club of Magburaka and Ocean Boys Football Club of Makeni, at the renowned Wusum stadium.
Both teams have emerged victorious in their respective zones after intense clashes and have secured their spots in this year’s EBK-Trophy by defeating their opponents in the semi-finals, which also determined the winners of their zones A and B.
In Zone B, Golden Dragons Football Club displayed their dominance by defeating Hydro Stars Football Club with an impressive score of 3-1, securing their place in the grand finals. On the other hand, Ocean Boys exhibited their strength by triumphing over the reigning champions of the 2021 EBK-Trophy with a convincing score of 2-0 in Makeni. This remarkable achievement confirmed their ticket to the eagerly anticipated grand finals, scheduled to take place on Christmas Day.
However, it is worth noting that both finalists will be participating in the annual regional football championship for the first time since the league’s establishment fourteen years ago.
The league itself was founded by a prominent figure in Sierra Leone’s political landscape, who served as a Member of Parliament and a presidential running mate for the opposition All People’s Congress (APC) party, to honour the former president of Sierra Leone, Ernest Bai Koroma.
With the anticipation and excitement escalating among the supporters, players, and officials of both contestants, this year’s grand finale is expected to captivate audiences with its enthralling and competitive nature.
Nevertheless, the upcoming encounter between the teams from the neighbouring districts of Bombali and Tonkolili is regarded as an inter-district rivalry between two teams eagerly vying for this year’s title. ARW/22/12/2023