Shaarawy Sackie’s decisive lone penalty goal was the only difference at the final of the Nimba Inter-Electoral District Peace Tournament to hand Yarwin-Mehnsonnoh District-9 the crown.
District-9 were coronated as champions of the 2021 Nimba District league at the Ganta Stadium on Sunday, 3 October after a hard-fought one-zero win over host, Bain District-1.
District-1 were favorite to take the crown after entering the final of the most followed competition in the county for the first time in 9 years and had a very impressive start by dominating the first period in terms of ball possession, but they were not clinical in their opposition’s territory.
Julius Nyanamah got the best chance for District-1 after 10 minutes into time, but fired the ball over the crossbar.
After a first half of goalless draw, spectators and fans were eagerly awaiting the curtain raiser, but both sides appear to be very tight in their respective defense.
District-1 continued to dominate the play, however, District-9 were more defensive with Mandela Mentor putting an impressive fight combined with left-wing-back Tamba Blackness firmly standing.
The corridor was finally opened for District-9 in the 82nd minute when a Matally Wulupon’s shot landed on the hand of Othello Johnson just few minutes after his introduction.
Referee Morris Allison pointed at the spot to give the Yarwin-Mehnsonnon boys what became the only goal in the final.
District-9’s top scorer Shaarawy Sackie converted the chance into an astounding goal sending goalkeeper Eric Tiawan wide between the sticks.
The goal was Sackie’s fourth of the competition making him the highest scorer of tournament. Though he finished level on goals with Sanniquellie-Mahn District-2’s captain Emmanuel Azarah Paye who became the first to hit the same number of goals, but Sackie beat him to the accolade for scoring at the final and helping District-9 clinched the crown.
District-9 have now won the District league crown a record six times becoming the highest carriers ever.
They last won the title in 2018 against last year’s champions, Twah-River District-4.
A prize money of One Hundred Thousand Liberian Dollars (L$100,000) was given to the champions, whilst Fifty Thousand Liberian Dollars (L$50,000) was handed to the runner-ups.
Meanwhile, District #8 girls took home the crown in the kickball category.
They defeated Buu-Yao District-5 six-four home runs in a very ecstatic clash. The two points margin were enough to see District #8 lift the title.
District-8 were handed L$75k, while the runner-up bagged home 40,000 Liberian Dollars.
District-8’s Alane Koffa was named Best Pitcher and Most Valuable Player (MVP) of the tournament in kickball.
Coach Yeakeh Kollie of the same District won the Best Coach title.