Pipeline United suffered yet another setback this week when its winless run in this year's Serekunda West Nawettan continued as they succumbed to a 2-1 defeat to defending knockout champions Kanifing United.
Pipeline came into the game with their Kanifing South neighbours on the back of two draws and a defeat from their three previous games but contained Kanifing for most of the first half until their resistance was finally broken as Abdoulie Jallow scored the opener in the 40th minute.
Any hopes of Pipeline securing a positive result were dashed away after the break when Saibou Jagana scored in the 54th minute to give his side a two-goal cushion. But there was still time for Pipeline to score a stoppage time consolation through Saikou Gassama. Speaking to Observer Sports after the game, a visibly disappointed Pipeline coach Abdoulie Gibba said his boys put up a respectable performance and were just unlucky to go home empty handed. "Today's game I think we were just unlucky because looking at the outcome of the game we played very well. At the end of the day we were unlucky to concede two goals and managed to score only one which was in added time," he said, adding that they are still hopeful of making it into the knockout stages of the competition despite the bad start.
"Yes we still can make it through from the group. We will fight; we will work to make sure that we win our remaining two games. So we still have hope. As far as we are playing we have the hope. The supporters were left disappointed by our results but they still show up [to cheer the team on] and I am thanking them for the support. Our problem is that we just lack the luck," he added. Also speaking to Observer Sports was the coach of Kanifing United Hagi Tunkara who said the win was important to his team's chances of securing a place in the latter stages of the competition.
"It was a very important three points because in our group we stood on four points from two games so we knew that if we collect a win in this game, it will be a very important win which will elevate our position in the group. The win was not easy as Pipeline against Kanifing is always a derby game so we were expecting a tough encounter," Tunkara said, while admitting that Pipeline gave them a tough time especially in the first period. "During the first half we were pressed by them. They created a lot of chances and we were lucky to finish the first half without conceding a goal but in the second half we managed to up our game. We finally scored two goals," he concluded.