Kenny Mansally crowned Finnish Cup champion

Gambia utility-player Abdoulie ‘Kenny’ Mansally has been crowned 2017/18 Finnish Cup champion after guiding FC Inter Turku to a 1-0 win over HJK Helsinki.

The 29-year-old winger-turned defender, who moved to Turku from Finnish rivals Palloseura Kemi Kings in February, starred the entire match at the Telia 5G –areena in Helsinki as the 13-time Cup champions fell to an 82nd minute goal.

The Cup success means Mansally, who is enjoying his second season in European football, will play in the first qualifying round of the 2019/20 UEFA Europa League.

A delighted Mansally wrote on social media after the celebrations: “WE ARE THE CHAMPS! Yes we won the trophy, one of the best days of my life. Thank you to all the wonderful fans for your support and prayers. We can’t do it without you guys and we dedicate this trophy to y’all. Love you!”

Mansally started his professional career with the New England Revolution late in 2007 and then spent 5 years in Boston appearing regularly for the team. He later spent four years at Real Salt Lake fighting transitioning from a forward to the backline.

The former Real de Banjul player made 169 MLS regular season appearances in his career, notching ten goals and eight assists.

He’s also made appearances in the MLS Cup playoffs, CONCACAF Champions League and has won three league titles.