Bassa Conquers County Meet
By Roland Mulbah
Grand Bassa County is the best County as far as performance is concerned in the just ended 2015/2016 edition of the National County Sports Meet with the County clinching both the football and basketball championships as well as winning Bronze medal (third place) in the kickball category of the competition.
Bassa came from a goal down in regular time to draw one all, and put out a huge penalty shootout performance to beat Montserrado County 3-1 at the Antoinette Tubman Stadium (ATS) yesterday and retained the football championship.
Montserrado County’s Daniel Tuazama, who was later named Most Valuable Player (MVP) of the tournament, rattled the net in the 11th minute and put out brave performance to win the first half.
Back from recess, David Paye took just seven minutes to put Bassa back in contention with terrific strike that beat the rushing Montserrado goalkeeper after earlier beating two of his markers with speed to end the regular time one all.
Both Counties put out great performance in the extra 30 minutes, but it was Grand Bassa that had much of the best opportunities.
Just a minute to the end of the extra time, both counties substituted their goalkeepers with Daniel Davies, who had a great performance against Nimba in penalty shootout in the quarterfinal of the competition, coming on for Sekou Bayor, while Kofa Nimely went in for Montserrado.
Both goalies proved the worth of their substitutions saving the first penalties, but Bassa’s Davies went on to save another as his team won by a 3-1 score line.
Meanwhile, Grand Bassa beat Grand Kru 57-54 at the Open Air Sports Commission last Saturday to clinch the championship in the basketball category, while the county also won the third place in the kickball category of the month long competition.
Like last year when the County won both football and basketball, there are reports that authorities of Grand Bassa are planning a top rated ceremony to celebrate their triumph where they conquered the National County Sports Meet.
At the same time, Nimba beat Margibi County 4-0 home runs to win the championship in the kickball category, while Bomi beat Montserrado in all sets to win the championship in the volleyball category of the national County Sports Meet. Details of the national County Sports Meet will be in subsequent edition.