Serrekunda West put an end to Brikama's title ambitions to
advance to the semifinals of the 2022 Gambia Football Federation Super
'Nawettan' Championship with a 7 - 6 victory in a post-match penalty shootout.
The two sides played a barren stalemate at the East Park before advancing to penalties where Brikama erred twice to earn West a passage to the semi-finals.
Nothing exciting was seen between the Satehbaa boys Brikama and Serrekunda West as the crowd witnessed what was merely a damp squib.
With the two sides trying to implement their game plans, the poor pitch condition at the Serrekunda East park made it impossible for both teams to even make five complete passes which greatly reduced their attacking ambitions.
It was only in the closing stages of the first half that a half-chance was witnessed when Brikama's goalkeeper denied Serrekunda West from a close angle with what was the first attempt on target.
There was not much improvement in the second half as the two sides continued their close and cautious football while trying to rely on counterattacks.
Not even the continuous tactical instructions were able to change the dynamics of the game even though towards the end, Brikama tried to force issues. Serrekunda West however stayed resolute to deny them in all their attempts including a close one from Babucarr Sanneh who had his last-ditch goal mouth attempt tip over by the Serrekunda West goalkeeper. The shot stopper later proved to be the hero as he saved two spot kicks during penalties to set up a Serrekunda derby in the semis. Serrekunda West will now take on arch rivals Serrekunda East in the first semi-finals.
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Gamtel/Gamcel became the first side to have snatched a double in the history of the Gambia Volleyball Federation Beach Volleyball championship.Both their male and female team registered victories in the finals of 2022/2023 Beach Volleyball to make Gamtel/Gamcel the first side to have achieved the feat in a single season. The pair of Fatou Kinteh and Anna Marie Bojang of the Gamtel/Gamcel female team proved too strong for their opponents Mariama Ginado and Maimuna Bangura of the Gambia Police Force, beating them in two straight sets 21 - 18 and 21 - 10 to clinch the title in the women's category with a 2 - 0 win. In the male category, it was a keenly contested clash. Jahara Koita and Omar Jarra of Gamtel/Gamcel were given a real run for their money by Muhammed Jallow and Ousman Senghore of Olympafrica. In the first set, Olympafrica sent a shock wave to beat Gamtel/Gamcel 21 - 16. But Gamtel/Gamcel make amends to convincingly win the second set 21 - 9 to level the tie and send the game into a tie-break. In the deciding set, Olympafrica were not able to muster the energy as Gamtel/Gamcel beat them 15 - 11 to win the tie 2 - 1. A double delight for the telecom giants, this sends signals of the need for heavy investment in the teams by the management of Gamtel/Gamcel.
Danish side AC Horsens has signed Gambia U20 captain Alhagie Saine on a six-month loan deal. Reports indicated that the club had agreed to extend the deal for an additional three years after the loan period depending on the performance of the 19-year-old. Saine, who plays for Falcons F.C in the Gambia top-tier league is expected to join his new club in early February.This new deal came after the rocky center-back impressed the Horsens technicians in a successful trial at the club. The Gambia U-20 skipper will join the Scorpion centreback and compatriot Jamez Gomez who is a regular starter for AC Horsens.
Brikama began their campaign in the best of fashions when they battered the defending champions Gunjur 3 - 0 in the Super Cup final, to send a strong statement of intent, and proved their status as realistic title contenders.They built on that success to reach the finals unbeaten but were left in shock by a resurgent Sanyang side who rejoiced after clinching the title with a 3 - 2 victory on penalties after a 2 - 2 draw in regulation time.Playing in front of a frenzied home crowd at the Boxbar Mini-stadium, Brikama had all the advantage and had no point of excuse. One would have expected Sanyang to play with enviousness, but the visitors show no sign of panic from start to finish.‘I told my players that Boxbar is like a neutral ground’ Seedia Bojang the Sanyang coach said, and that statement was clearly justified by the aggression and bravery shown by the visitors who could have been two goals up if not for the heroism of the Brikama goalkeeper Ebrima Fadera, who saved two goal bound attempts from Lamin Tamba and Modou Lamin Marong.Ironically, the hosts who were largely under pressure broke the deadlock at the stroke of halftime when Babucarr Sallah orchestrated a simple counter-attack down the right before whipping in a cross that was side-footed into the net by the unmarked Modou Lamin Ndow for a Brikama breakthrough.Even after the halftime team talks, Brikama were still not able to establish what they needed to do to stop the free-flowing and attack-minded Sanyang side, and it could have been 1 – 1 if not for the brilliant save from Ebrima Fadera who tipped over a powerful drive.But in the 51st minute, Fadera was not able to find his magic gloves, as the visitor drew back on level terms when the ever-improving and outstanding Lamin Tamba with his nimble feet and immaculate skills rolled home a close-range attempt to send the visiting supporters into raptures. And, in the 67th minute, Sanyang came close to adding to their lead when Khalipha Darboe had his tame effort beat the rushing goalkeeper but a recovering defender cleared the ball ‘off the line’. Sanyang appealed for a goal but the referee and his assistant ignored the roaring, as there was no VAR to help them review the incident.Sanyang were then punished for that miss, as Brikama made it 2 – 1 in the 76 minutes when Abdoulie Tamba out-jumped the Sanyang defender to nod home a corner kick.At that moment, Sanyang did not show any sign of despair, they keep attacking Brikama at every presentable chance, and ultimately in the 89th minute, they got rewarded when substitute Abdoulie Sima exploit the gap between two Brikama defenders to glance home last-ditch equalizers which send the game into a penalty shoot-out.During the shootout, Brikama’s goalkeeper Ebrima Fadera saved shots from Ousman Nyang and Muhammed Jallow but that was not enough as both Omar Jarju and Babucarr Sallah of Brikama had their shots rattled the frame before Sanyang’s goalkeeper Sarjo Bah crucially saved Lamin Saho’s shot to earned Sanyang a deserved 3 – 2 win.As champions, Sanyang were rewarded forty-five thousand dalasi, and gold medals, while runners-up Brikama settled for thirty-five thousand dalasi and silver medals.Sanyang would not have been forgiven by their supporters should they lose the final for the second time in a row and that would have been unfair even.But, they put smiles on the faces of their fervent supporters by shocking Brikama in front of their own supporters and make amends for losing the first edition to Gunjur. In the second edition, they are worthy champions, as they clinched the title unbeaten.
Steve Biko's young forward Adama Bojang became the first player to have scored a hat-trick in the 2023 Gambia Football Federation male Division One League. The goals came in his side's 4 - 1 thumping of last season's Football Federation (FF) Cup runners-up Brikama United in week two of the league.A forward who plays with incredible skill, creativity, and strength, first opened the scoring for the host Biko, before the visitors restored parity through Mustapha Drammeh.But the clinical forward added two further goals one of which was a penalty to complete a hat-trick and Yankuba Touray also registered his name on the score sheet for Biko. This was a second win on the spin for Biko and a second consecutive defeat for Brikama United.Nicknamed the 'giant killers', Biko brutally killed one giant and this was a breathless display, one that underlines their transition to the 'giant killers' they were once known for.
It turns out to be a perfect and memorable evening for the Tallinding based wrestler as he ran almost half of the Serekunda West Mini Stadium in jubilation following his long-awaited revenge against Boy Bala to win the Mayor Talib Ahmed Bensuda flag.Boy Bala, as expected, started on the front foot from the referee's first whistle, throwing some half-hearted punches while trying to force Tapha Tine into making an error. But Tapha, who is twice the size of Bala, was determined not to lose for the second time in a row.As the bout was heading for the half-time break, Boy Bala kept pushing for the victory, but Tapha Tine repelled all his attempts. With 9:45 on the stopwatch, Tapha Tine finally performed a double leg tackle on Boy Bala, wrestling him to the ground before running half the length of the ground in jubilation.Elsewhere, it took Gainako of club Ndongo Ceesay less than 2 minutes to wrestle to the ground Selou Bu Ndow of club Ebo Town Mbolo, and clclaimed the flag named after Essa Bokar Sey, Confiyans of club Tallinding United defeated Sora of club Mara in under a minute, Sachess of club Ama Academy got the better of Essindoleh of club Tallinding Japoo. Meanwhile, Samareh of club Saloum Mbolo wrestled down Yareh of club Tysinger Family, Bebe Buwassor of club Bundung Kai Bakh got his first victory in three outings by defeating Express of club Feke Masi Boleh while wrestler Champion Sound of Koloban Wrestling Academy shockingly lost to Boy Sererr of club Paradise Mbolo. The event was witnessed by thousands of fans and dignitaries, including Mayor Bensouda. The cheering crowd saw live performances by Gambia's young music sensation Awa Gambia and Big Banga.
Defending League Champions Hawks FC manifested the form that saw them win the league last season as they emphatically defeated Wallidan 2 - 0 in the season opener. Hawks proved how much they will be a hard nut to crack for the teams when they put the Federation Cup holders - Wallidan to a test that they (Wallidan) were not able to muster.League Champions needed both the first and the second half to get Wallidan where they wanted as Sainey Sanyang and Baboucarr Saho scored a goal in each half to seal a vital victory.Part of the decoration for Hawks as Super Cup winners included a cheque for One Hundred Thousand Dalasis while Wallidan received a consolation of Fifty Thousand Dalasis and silver medals.This is a realistic notice served to the rest of the teams not only about the strength of Hawks but their ambition and hunger for more success. A positive start to the campaign, this will no doubt make Hawks believe that a title defense could be a possibility.
Boy Bala will try to complete an unlikely double over his Tallinding based rival Tapha Tine. The two giants will square off in what promises to be mouth-watering close contest on Sunday 8th January, 2022 at the Serekunda West Mini Stadium.The much talked about encounter, the second of its kind was put together by Champion Sounds. The initial clash in 2018 saw Boy Bala defeat Tapha Tine at ease at the Independence stadium. The two fan favourites will also be battling for the flag named after the mayor of the KMC Talib Ahmed Bensuda.The "lion of Jabang," as he is fondly called, is enjoying a remarkable career with 24 bouts recorded. He won 16 bouts, drew one, and lost just 7 times. He was awarded the best local athlete of the year by the Sport Journalist Association of The Gambia (SJAG) in 2018 and a year later, the Gambia Wrestling Journalist Association (GAWJA) named him as the best middleweight wrestler of his generation. Presently, Bala is on a scintillating form after completing a third victory over Building of Club Serekunda Mbolo in his last bout. Taph Tine, on the other hand, has had 12 encounters in the arena before and succeeded in 8 and lost 4 so far. Unlike his opponent, Tapha Tine came off from a defeat in his last bout to France of club Banjul Saku Ham Ham at the Independence Stadium.Elsewhere, the earlier bouts will see Selou Bu Ndow of club Ebo Town Mbolo take on Gainako of club Ndongo Ceesay, Confiyans of club Tallinding United and Sora of club Mara will each be looking for victory when they faceoff. Both lost in their bouts leading to this one.Meanwhile, Sachess of club Ama Academy will entertain Essindoleh of club Tallinding Japoo, Samareh of club Saloum Mbolo takes on Yareh of club Tysinger Family, Express of club Feke Masi Boleh will battle with Bebe Buwassor of club Bundung Kai Bakh while Boy Sererr of club Paradise Mbolo will take on Champion Sound of Koloban Wrestling Academy. The event is expected to attract thousands of fans and some high-profile dignitaries, including mayor Talib Ahmed Bensuda and a live band performances by some top Gambian musicians.
Big show finally got his big revenge over Robel in a scintillating performance on Christmas day. His big win came after two successive defeats against Robel. The Sanchaba base wrestler was on his absolute best dominating from the start. Robel put up a masterclass defending throughout the first half but it wasn't enough to avoid fefeat. Big Show sent Robel crashing to ground just after four minutes on resumption to win the flag named after DPS Musa Mbye. The event organised by Forever Friends Promotion at the Serekunda West Mini Stadium was characterised by great fanfare and some spectacular wrestling bouts. Arobas of club Bara defeated Ndigal Faal of club Banjul Japoo after 4 minutes fierce battle in the special combat, Top 5 of club Tallinding Mbolo recorded a career saving victory against Reug Reug of club Sukutankolu Sita of club Yundum defeated Pakalab of Serekunda Gom Sa Rew to capped-off the wrestling with blows bouts. Meanwhile in freestyle wrestling, Sapour of club Ndungu Kebbeh defeated Tei Max of club Bundung Nusrat, Seven Eleven of club Ebo Town Mbolo drew against Messi of club Tallinding United, Jaliba of club Brikama Mbolo lose to Bebe Soldar of Paradise Mbolo, Buga Dem of Tallinding Japoo wrestle down Nyaw Ngemba of club Jeff Jel while Bebe Cash of club Mara defeated Boy Banjul of club Yundum Mbolo. This wrestling season is termed as the most successful in the history of Gambian wrestling so far with a record number of events and bouts staged.
Bakau has registered a hard-fought 1 - 0 win over Sanyang to reach the final of the 2022 Gambia Football Federation Super 'Nawettan' Championship. Omar Jarju scored the game's only goal in the 52nd minute to help Bakau set up a tie with Serrekunda West in the final. Despite playing the Super Nawettan for the third time, Sanyang were never intimidated by Bakau's experience as they proved the better side throughout the first half. Modou Lamin Marong was their biggest culprit as he came face-to-face with the Bakau's goalkeeper on two occasions and missed the chances that should have put Sanyang two nil up at halftime. However, he was made to pay for those misses as Bakau returned from the break determined and broke the deadlock when Omar Jarju capitalised on a lap in concentration to tap home a corner kick from close range. Sanyang tried as they might but could not find the means to break down a resolute Bakau side who will now play the final against Serrekunda West on Saturday 31st December 2022 at the Serrekunda East Park.
In what was a battle for pride and supremacy, visitors Serrekunda West shocked their crosstown rivals Serrekunda East to reach the finals of the Super 'Nawettan' finals. The two played out a goalless draw at East Park before the visitors advanced to win 4 - 2 on penalties. Alagie Wally and Abdourahman Badamosi both missed for East during the shootout, this gave chance to Serrekunda West Alagie Kijera to fire home the winning penalty and send the visitors into wild celebrations as they knocked out their neighbors and rivals to advance to the final.