Over 1,000 fans and sympathizers of Grand Bassa County, in their dominant blue, joyfully chanted that ‘Dumboy is better than GB,’ in appreciation of their team’s narrow win against Nimba County yesterday at the crammed Antoinette Tubman Stadium.
This is the third crucial win for Bassa to prove supremacy over Nimba in 16 years – and a similar song was sung at each victory.
In 1990, Bassa beat Nimba to lift their inaugural football trophy and 24 years later – in 2014, Bassa again whipped Nimba 2-1 to win her second trophy; and yesterday marked the third triumph.
At the crowded stadium, football defending champions, Grand Bassa County whipped Nimba County, 4-2 in a lottery shot, after 33 minutes entertaining football ended goalless.
Yesterday’s goalless extra-time game was in conclusion of Tuesday’s 90-minute match which was rescheduled owing to poor visibility determined by referee Sam Kortee, the players and Match Commissioner Yanqueh Borsay.
Bassa’s tactic was attacking as a way to defend, as well as swapping their goalie for the lottery shot which paid off. The Gbehzohn Boys had more attempts at goal and controlled the ball 55% more than their opponents.
A scramble ball in the 25th minute amongst Nimba trio Mustapha Lomell, Irvin Gbotoe and William Siegbeh in the box ended wide and it was the last saving grace for the Mountainous boys.
Earlier, Bassa’s Kweku Mensah’s ball hit the woodwork and Frederick Dennis’ header was saved by goalie Prince Marwolo.
In the 29th minute, Bassa’s top goalie Sekou Bayoh was substituted for Daniel Davies.
The end of the extra time was greeted by wide chants from both fans and it continued with seesaw shouts.
Bassa winger David Paye gave his side hope when he netted the first lottery shot. Disappointingly, Nimba skipper Meapen Dolo and striker Irvin Gbotoe missed their kicks, courtesy to goalie Daniel Davies.
Bassa marksman Frederick Dennis scored the winning goal, to bang Nimba County, 4-2.
This is the first time for Nimba to drop in the quarter finals in five years.
Nimba County won the trophy in 2010 and 2012 and settled as runner-up in 2012.
In 2013, Nimba County fell in the semi finals; and in 2014 as runner-up, where Bassa whipped Nimba County 2-1.
Meanwhile, in today’s games, Grand Kru will host Montserrado in kickball; and Lofa meets Gbarpolu.
The games will start at 2:00pm.
According to the semi finals’ kickball fixture, Nimba will meet Grand Bassa, and in football, Bassa is expected to settle score with Bong.
It may be recalled that in the opener in Buchanan, Bong whipped Bassa 2-0.