Sumo Hopeful of Montserrado Championship
Monrovia – Montserrado County head coach Samuel Ojuku Sumo has set his sight on winning the National County Sports Meet Football championship for the second time.
Report by Christopher C. Walker, [email protected]
The defending champions will face Bong County in the grand final on Sunday, April 22, 2018 at the Samuel Kanyon Doe Sports Complex outside the nation’s capital City.
Sumo who won the 2016/2017 championship with Montserrado County said he is determined to retain the title for the second successive time with Montserrado County.
The Former IE coach’s team is undefeated so far going into the tournament final against Bong County, which defeated Nimba County to reach the final.
“We are motivated by this win today against a very tough team Margibi County, so I see no reason why we should not win the title again.”
Our goal at the start of the competition was to defend our championship, which we have done. So, now, winning the title is mission complete for us something we are hopeful of doing,” Sumo said.
According to the championship winning coach of Montserrado Wednesday semifinal match with Margibi County was their toughest match of the competition because both teams came from the same group and knew each other style of play.
“When you look at the group we came from it was difficult, having Grand Bassa, Margibi, Rivercess and we the defending champions, and facing Margibi back to back shows our determination to win this trophy once more.”
“Going into the final is a must win match for us but we know that Bong County is a good team judging from their performances in the competition, they defeated a well-organized team Nimba, so we will not overlook them.” Samuel said to reporters after his side’s penalty shootout victory over Margibi.
He wants his players to be focused going into the final match of the competition and know that they have one game to put their names in the history of the National County Sports Meet.
“I promised the people of Montserrado that just like we did in 2017, we are ready to make them proud, this trophy will stay in the capital because we are not prepared to give our title out,” Sumo lamented.
For his part Montserrado striker Mark Karley, who won the man of the match title against Margibi County, said winning the league is something he has dreamt about for years.
“I am confident that we will win the title on Sunday for our fans who have stood by us from the start of the competition to this stage,” Karley said.
I am grateful wining my second man of the match award, but my goal is to win the highest goal scorer award and lift the trophy.”
“I promise the people of Montserrado County that I will score two goals on Sunday to add my goals to five and win the golden boost,” Mark said.