Like a drunkard driving into a brick wall at night, so were the future hopefuls of Sierra Leone battered into submission by their Gambian counterparts in the U-17 tournament by three goals to zero at the National Stadium last Saturday.
The Baby Scorpions of the Gambia will now sail through to the next stage of the tournament by a 7-1 goals aggregate in front of a virtually empty stadium.
Even the few fans who graced the match were left crestfallen as the squad dubbed “Awoko Eleven” woefully failed to click presenting just a shadow of themselves compared to the well trained and disciplined Gambian side.”
The humiliation started in the 23rd minute when the Gambians executed a free kick to usher in their quest for glory.
Accounting for the goal was Jatta Baldeh who rammed home the ball after a well constructed set piece displayed by the well trained Gambian side.
Sierra Stars tried to rally up their performance after the goal, but lack of motivation could only see them exhibiting their soccer intelligence in the midfield area only.
The Gambians held on to their solitary lead until the interval after which in the 57th minute they shocked their host with the second goal that was conceded through a defensive blunder.
That goal was scored by Ebrima Bojang, who dampened the hopes of Sierra Stars during the first leg in the Gambia by accounting for two of the four goals in that match.
Having scored two goals the Baby Scorpions then embarked on a soccer lesson for their host with some crisp passes that saw the Stars falling flat until they bagged their third goal which was scored by Cherno Njie in the 79th minute.
The goal saw the hand full of spectators making their exodus from the stadium in a crest fallen mood, lashing out about the poor preparation of the team, casting the blame on officials as they alleged that all was not rosy in the camp, as the players were demanding some financial benefits.
A rather disgruntled fan was heard commenting that unless the authorities decide to take sports to the schools in a properly organized manner and groom the abundant talents that are there, this nation is doomed when its come to competitive competitions in the sub region.
The Gambia is now benefitting from a sports academy whose administrators first came to Sierra Leone to establish with aid from Germany but the SLFA and the Sports council officials demanded kickbacks and so the plans for the academy were taken to The Gambia where after some four years now they have started reaping the benefits.