After helping Montserrado County to reach the semi-finals of the ongoing National County Sports Meet, forward Musa Jabateh is now confident about his team’s qualification to the finals as they face Margibi in today’s semi-final match.
It has been a colorful and entertaining competition so far since the tournament reached the last eight teams and today’s games also promise to be intriguing.
According to the 19-year-old forward, his team cannot afford to miss out on retaining the title.
Montserrado won the competition last year for the first time in 60 years after 4-2 post-match penalties against Maryland County at the Antoinette Tubman Stadium.
“We are the champions and the people of Montserrado County are looking up to us to retain the title and I am confident that we are going to retain it,” he said.
“I know Margibi is one of the tough opponents in the competition and we cannot overlook them. Today’s match will be an intriguing one and we will become the victors,” he added.
This will be the 19-year-old’s second consecutive appearance in the semis with two different counties. He was part of Nimba County’s squad that bowed out in the semis of last year’s county meet against Maryland County.
Jabateh, a forward at the newly promoted 3rd division championship side, Downtown FC, has been one of the driving forces behind Montserrado’s progress to this stage of the competition. He was a threat to River Gee’s defense for he created several chances from both flanks in the team’s 5-0 thrashing of Southeasterners.
Both counties advanced to the quarter-finals as winners of Group II with five points apiece. This will be their second meeting after their goalless draw in the preliminary rounds. It will also be a repeat of last year’s semi-finals when Montserrado booked their ticket for the final after a 5-3 win in post-match penalties.
If the result goes his team’s way, it will be the forward’s first appearance in the grand final of the competition.