Nimba District League: District#9 Reaches First Final in Two Years

BY Nathaniel Tokpah ( Correspondent Nimba County)
District #9 has progressed to the Final of the Nimba County Inter-Electoral District tournament after a 3-1 victory over District #8 at the Gompa Sports Stadium on Sunday.
Prince Sam broke the deadlock for District #8 in the 3rd minute to put them at a better hand, but Lawrence Yancy got an equalizer for District#9  in the 28th minute, bringing the first period to a 1-1 draw.
District#9 opened a surprise package after returning from recess as they stole the show and dominated the entire final half of the clash.
Shaarawy Sackie doubled the score for the Yarwin boys of District #9 with a stunning header in the 65th minute before Yancy overran the defense of District #8 with 14 minutes left to go making it 3-1 on the scoreline.
The deserving win has now fired the all-time highest District League carriers, District #9 to the grand final as they look to take on defending champions District #4 on Sunday 4 October.
District #9 last went to the District League final in 2018 when they whipped District #4 2-1 to win the crown.
They came up as underdogs from the preliminaries after being defeated in all four matches at the group, but they qualified as the best losers after managing to score at least three goals which helped them leapfrog District #6 who scored only one time after three consecutive games without a single point.
District #9 has won a record five times, and two times in the last four years making them the highest winners.
Twah-river District #4 for their part, have been to two finals in the last two years losing one and winning one.
They lost to District #9 in 2018 and defeated Sanniquellie-Mahn District #2 last year after an incredible 2-1 victory.
District #4 defeated the host, District #1 4-3 on post-match penalties after a 2-2 full-time draw on Saturday evening.
The Inter-Electoral District tournament is the most prestigious and traditional league in the county which usually captivates huge followers.
This year’s District tournament started on the 5th of September while the ban was still on sporting activities due to the Covid-19 pandemic.
As a result, lawmakers wanted the league canceled, but the citizens insisted on continuing the showpiece.
Fortunately, the sports ministry lifted the ban on sports across the country just a week after the tournament started, this gives more grounds to the citizens in continuing the tournament.