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Sierra Leone Sports: Flamboyant Mahmoud FC thrills Spectators

Mahmoud FC vs Victory FC

Mahmoud FC vs Victory FC

“All out attack,” was the system used by Mahmoud FC to demoraliz Victory FC in the opening match of the Western Area Football Association Women’s league, which kicked off on Saturday 7 October 2017 at the Fourah Bay community field.
Before the kickoff, the match was described as a soldierly affair between the two sides, but it turned out to be totally in favor of Mahmoud FC, a team that plays with a blend of individual brilliance, and teamwork.
Mahmoud FC overpowered Victory FC through the 90 minutes of play to win the match 3-1 in front of their rousing fans who were thrilled with the superb and entertaining style of football displayed by their players.
Rashidatu Kamara of Mahmoud FC broke the deadlock as she scored the first goal in the match from a direct corner kick in the first 45 minutes. Her goal inspired the team to be more active on the offensive with Liberian international, Angela Kei, perturbing the defenders of Victory FC with her skillful gifts.
Player of the match, Rashidatu Kamara, was quick to draw fans attention after her superb goal, which marked the first for her club and the first in the league season.
Shortly after the recess, Kadaitu Kamara increased the score line for Mahmoud FC with a self-styled header. She was assisted by Rashidatu Kamara who took the free kick from 35 yards.
Midfield maestro, Binta Bah, netted the third goal with a free kick at the edge of the box mid-way through the second half to seal the win for FC Mahmoud. Despite being walloped by the Mahmoud ladies, Victory FC got a few chances that should have had them a more respectable position. But, they failed to press home the advantage in the early stages of the second half and allowed Mahmoud FC to dominate the play.
Victory FC got their only goal in the match through a gifted free kick taken by Fatu Kabbay who placed the ball directly into the goal to get the consolation in the tail end of the match.
The Coach of Mahmoud FC, Emmanuel Turay, fondly called “Wayo-Wayo,” and was exited with the outcome of the match.
“We were better in the match because my players have been together for a very long time. They know themselves very well, that was why they were all over the pitch. Scoring three goals was good, but with the squad I produced in today’s match, they should have scored more goals,” Coach Wayo-Wayo boasted.
Victory FC Coach, Abubakarr Tarawallie, was displeased with the result, stating they lost because most of their players are foreign-based from Guinea and they are yet to acclimatize.
The Coach acknowledged, “We started six players from Guinea. They are good players, but they only trained with us for four days before this match. As time passes, they will get used to the team and our system. And as soon as they become familiar with the system, trust me, Victory FC will be a hard nut to crack in the league”.
Applauding the efforts of her teammates, Rashidatu Kamara said they put up brave performance to overshadowed Victory FC to register what she called a deserving win.
“The match was all ours; we played well to frustrate Victory FC. That is football. We used our attacking prowess to dismantle their defense and score our goals. We should have scored more goals, but their focused goalkeeper was steady in goal.”
Spectators who watched the match were impressed with the performance of both teams. They expressed delight for seeing female football being played again in Freetown, and assured to give full support towards the development of women’s football.
Meanwhile, Monday fixture saw a much improved Amazon side defeating Soccer Queens 1-0. Correctional Service will take on Rural Queens today at the same venue.
By Magdalene S. Konneh
Tuesday October 10, 2017.

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