GFA League Updates Week Three

Gambia FA_logoGambia Ports Authority secured their second win of the season following a 3-1 defeat of Bakau United in a week three game played at the Box Bar Mini-Stadium in Brikama on Sunday.

 

The defeat condemned a sorry Bakau United to a second successive defeat in the ongoing domestic Gambian premier league. Bakau had opened their campaign with a win in week one.

 

Ousman Saho opened the scoring for Ports Authority just after 16 minutes with a wonderful strike from the edge of the area. But the lead didn't last long as Amadou Baldeh scored to pull his side level just seven minutes later as the two sides went into the break tied 1-1.

After an entertaining stuff of beautiful play from both sides, Ports Authority restored their lead just past the hour mark when Abdou Njie's shot was deflected into the net in the 65th minute.

 

Any hope of a comeback by Kebba Touray's men was dashed when Ousman Saho scored his second of the evening for a 3-1win in the 79th minute.

Hawks FC returned to the Serekunda East Mini-Stadium for the third week running on Saturday and beat their arch rivals Young Africans 2-0 to secure their first win of the season.

Hawks captain converted a spot-kick after defender Abdoulie Njie intentionally handled the ball inside the box in the 45th minute. Njie was eventually been sent off.

 

Coming into the second half, Momodou Jagne's strike made it 2-0 for his side in the 76th minute.

Speaking in an interview with reporters, the head coach of Young Africans, German born Mike Totzke, said that he appreciates his boys' performance as it is football, adding that after the red card showed to his player, his side came to the second half playing very well.

For his part, the head coach of Hawks, Sang Ndong, said that he is somehow satisfied with the result adding that his side should have capitalised more on their chances as their opponents were one man down since in the first half.

 

Despite a dismal start to the season that has seen them remain pointless from the opening three matches of the season, Gambia Armed Forces' coach El Hadji Sy is optimistic that he will turn the corner for the club.

 

The fact that the 2003 champions have lost all their three matches so far this season coupled with a dismal performance at the 2012 African Military Championship in Ivory Coast has seen pressure mounting on the Senegalese-born coach.

But speaking to reporters following his side's latest defeat in a 1-0 loss to defending champions and run away leaders Rea de Banjul, Sy believes his side will eventually recover from their poor start to the season to turn the corner.

"I want to apologise to every person who breathes Armed Forces for the unwanted results we have been getting. I am a person of truth so I must speak the truth. I believe the bad results will stop at three matches and that's what we are praying to God for. I am telling them to come in our next match and push us. They should not be discouraged," he added.

 

When quizzed as to whether he will retain his position as the coach of the Khaki Boys, the former Senegalese international played down the question and said the time has not come to that yet.

"On the speculation of (the security of) my job, we have not come to that yet. This is coaching, you the journalists are used to asking these questions when a coach loses like three matches in a row. I have come to work and this is coaching. Anything that happens [about my job] it will not surprise me," he stated.

 

The former Diaraf coach then blamed his side's lack of gelling as a team for their poor start to the season after several new players arrived in the off-season. "If you look at the team [featured] today you will see new faces. As they say a team cannot be changed in just one year, it takes time. Any team that has young players in their ranks will take two or three years before they begin to perform. We have made recruitments and we are working.

"We will bounce back and a team like Armed Forces does not merit these results. We will take it in good faith and pray to God knowing that it is a league. It is not yet finished," he concluded.

 

Source Daily Observer Gambia

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GFA League First Division

Team MP W D L Pts
1 Brikama United 22 12 7 3 43
2 Real Banjul 22 10 10 2 40
3 Ports Authority 22 9 8 5 35
4 GAMTEL 22 8 9 5 33
5 Armed Forces 22 7 10 5 31

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