WALLIDAN RELEGATED TO 2ND TEAR FOOTBALL
Well over four decades of their life span The Gambia's most successful and decorated football club, Wallidan FC will for the first time be demoted to play their trade in the second tier of Gambian football next season after they were beaten 1-0 by Young Africans last week in the penultimate round of league matches in The Gambia.
Head Coach Foday Bah's charges lost to their Banjul neighbours and fierce rivals Young Africans at the KG5 Mini-Stadium to join Serekunda United in the second tier with one game remaining. Since inception in 1969 by the current president of The Gambia Football Association Normalisation Committee, Alhaji Ousman Basi Conateh, Wallidan have won 15 first division championships and 16 domestic cup titles with their last league success coming in 2008, a year in they also won a double.
From that season on, the Banjul based club who have also participated six times in the African champions league, three at the African Cup of Champions Clubs, once at the 2004 CAF Confederation's Cup and eight further appearances at the CAF Cup Winners' Cup started to struggle and in each of the last three seasons struggled to remain in the top flight.
Veteran Alhagie Njie Biri forms part of the Wallidan ex football squad before another young legendary Jaato Ceesay , Captain Baboucarr Laos Sowe and several other prominent players passed through the ranks.