The Gambia Football Federation Super “Nawettan” Africel sponsored league yesterday afternoon kicked off at the Independence stadium in Bakau.
Defending champions Serekunda East defeated their host Bakau, by a lone goal. Winger Modou Lamin Nyassi’s 45th minute strike in the first half was concrete enough to give the visitors 3 points.
Bakau who are back from a suspension came advocating for a trouble free “Nawettan” and their voices could be heard on their banner “OUR TOWN, OUR PRIDE. NO ROOM FOR VIOLENCE”.
Speaking to Logic Sport news, the Bakau gaffer Abdoulie Bojang revealed why his side were struggling in first half on the game. “I think the first factor is the late preparation. We hard only nine days to prepare this team to play this game. And due to the late start of our “Nawettan” also contributed. We didn’t even thought that there will be a “Nawettan”. It was our people from the diaspora that joined hands together and make it possible”.
“Most of our players went to other zones and played there. But over all, i’m impress with our performance, because to prepare within nine days and come and display this kind of performance, is quite impressive”.
“To be honest, Serekunda East were the better side in the first half. They deserved their goal and they played extremely well. I realized that we need to make some tactical changes in the midfield and on the flanks, which i did on the early part of the second half and it hard an impacted. Though we did not score, but we played well. But it’s football, we have take it in good faith.”
“Who ever knows the history of Bakua, knows that we always struggle with our first matche. But i’m positive that we will come out and survive in this group. I am hundred percent sure of that.”
“I told my boys that we are going to make a back to back win against Bakau”, said the Serekunda East coach Babucarr Jarju.
“We won them during our last meeting and there was violence, which led to their suspension”. So i said to my players, we have to win this match so to clear the air”.
The first phase of the match was dominated by Serekunda East, but Bakau however turned around the game and created some good number of chances which they never scored.
“My players are fatigue and that was what was disturbing them during the second half.”
“But non the less, we will win the trophy back to back, because i know the calibre of players i have” he concluded.
By: Gabriel Joof
Logic Sport News