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Analysis of 2008\09 GFA female first division league

Jan 7, 2010, 3:21 PM | Article By: Lamin Drammeh

The establishment of the first-ever female national team is a clear indication of the Gambia Football Association's readiness to promote the development of female football in the country.

According to Seedy Kinteh, the President of the GFA, the participation of the female national team in future international competition, among others, is part of the GFA's strategic plan for 2010 and beyond, aimed at developing and promoting female football in the country.

The GFA under the dynamic leadership of Seedy Kinteh who is given another four-year tenure as the country's biggest football association's President has established the first-ever female national team, headed by Buba Jallow who has been preparing to travel with the team to their first-ever continental championship (WAFU) in Nigeria. The tournament, according to reliable sources, has been called-off.

The country's football at the female category has always struggled to attract public interest, due to the fact that the turnout of spectators during the female league matches has always been unsatisfactory. Despite this, quite a good number of female stars, such as Veronic Malack, Fatou Kinneh Jeng A.K.A Peter Crouch, Fatou Gibba, Isha Saidykhan, Saruba Colley, Hella Dicko whose brilliantly contribution for her team help Kinteh's United escaped relegation to the Second Division, Awa Demba the league's top scorer last season, among other fantastic female football stars.

If you are a keen follower of Female League last season, you will realise a total of 82 goals were scored in just 30 matches.

Interior that was crowned the champions after securing 25 points also scored the highest number of goals netting 27 goals in a total of 10 games.

Second place holders, Red Scorpions registered 20 points, five behind the leaders but they also received the highest number of yellow cards alongside Interior, scoring 15 goals in 10 league matches.

Company Ten that secured the 3rd spot on 19 points received the least number of red cards, together with Abuko United that finished the season in fourth place with 17 point, as well as the Bakau outfit Kinteh's United that escaped demotion to the county's second tier female football languishing second from the bottom on only 3 points. They scored four goals in 10 matches, three of which came through Captain Hella Dicko who is undeniably the backbone of the Kinteh's United in the country's top flight female football.

Makasutu were unable to survive relegation to the Second Division after failing to impress against their opponents. As a result, the Brikama side only managed 3 points, scoring four goals in 10 league matches.

They netted the least number of goals alongside their fellow strugglers Kinteh's United but the Bakau girls eventually managed to maintain their position at the female Division One league championship, while Makasutu were forced to make another demotion to the Second Division.

Two of their officials, namely Musa Fatty and Ismaila Conteh received expulsion from the bench last season.

The teams would soon be going into another female league season.