NJIE WINS WAFU U-20 BEST PLAYER AWARD- VOWS TO CONTINUE EXPLOIT
Monrovia-LISCR FC starlet Allen Njie has won the Most Valuable Player of the WAFU Under-20 tournament held in Liberia.
The player had a sterling performance throughout the tournament for Liberia and collected one Man of the Match title in the semi-finals against Mali.
Njie got the accolade for his consistency and influence during the tournament for Liberia and displayed a commanding role as the on-field lieutenant during the final in the middle of the park.
Njie awareness and wide range of passes in the tournament got the eyes of Gambia head Coach Mallar M’boge who labeled the player as the marksman during the final and told his boys at half to contain him during his post-match interview.
Speaking to M-News Africa after the final, Njie says he feels glad to win the best player award but disappointed that the Junior Lonestar lost a major tournament on home soil.
He further stated that the award has been dedicated to his late mother who pass last month and will continue to carry on the performance for the benefit of his family.
“I feel happy to win the best player in such an international tournament like the WAFU among so many great young players who can go on and make names for themselves, but it hurts to lose the final on home soil,” he said.
“As team, we felt disappointed but at least as a player representing my country for the first time, the award is an honored and I am dedicating it to my late mother.”
“I want to carry on this performance at the next level because it is just the beginning of many things for me and family.”
“However, I am grateful to my club coach, Tapha Manneh who had help me with my mental and physical fitness,” he said.
Meanwhile, Gambia goalkeeper Yankuba Colley who conceded two goals in the tournament won the best goalkeeper award, while Cote d’ Ivoire Diakite Ibrahim Yalalif swooped the top scorer award with six goals.