Sierra Leone’s top Premier league clubs, FC Kallon and Ports Authority have succumbed to less fancied sides in the on going Super 10 league. The two giants fell disgracefully in the hands of Gem Stars and Bo Rangers during the weekend at the Kingdom’s Katty Field.
It is first wins of the victors since the start of the tournament a couple of months ago. The clash between Ports Authority and Gem Stars on Saturday was dubbed by football pundits as match of the week considering the fact that the entire technical team was bought over by their opponents, the mega rich club, Gem Stars which is now sponsored by the OCTEA Mining Company.
Former Ports Authority striker, Donald Wellington put the visitors’ ahead before Abu Bakarr Kamara leveled half way through the second half. Former Mighty Blackpool’s midfielder, Abu Mansaray aka “Pa Abu” did the ultimate damage with a thunderous shot that went beyond the reach of the Ports’ goal keeper.
Gem Stars Head Coach, Christian Cole said the victory was a relief for him and his entire team. He said; “The victory is as important especially when it appears to have shattered the hopes of my former team”, he told our sports desk after the victory.
“We showed commitment and discipline, which was the key to our success. We hope to continue with this winning mentality in our next games. We`re a point behind East End Lions and winning our next fixture will send us two points ahead of them,” his words quoted.
Ports Authority’s Assistant Head Coach, Ballah Kargbo said complacency was responsible for their defeat against bitter rivals. “We conceded careless goals coupled with the over confident of beating Gem Boys hands down. We` have learnt our lesson and we’ll surely bounce back in our next fixture,” he assured.
On past Sunday, second placed FC Kallon succumbed to a 0-2 defeat in the hands of Bo Rangers in the full view of their fans at the Katty field. Rangers’ striker, Alex Kamara put his side ahead in the early minutes of the first half before goalkeeper Abu Bakarr Toma sealed the all important victory from the penalty spot.
The win was Bo Rangers first victory in their last eight matches away from home. Bo Rangers have moved two places up in the current standings leveled on nine points with Freetown City FC.
By Martin Wusha Conteh