May 3, 2010, 11:27 AM
Sukuta recovered from its unimpressive 1-nil defeat to group mates Serrekunda West in the opening game of the second edition of Baby Muhammed Jammeh's Perpetual Zonal championship.
The rejuvenated Western Region outfit still got a chance to progress to the next stage of the tournament after a hard-fought goalless draw against title holders Bakau in Tuesday's encounter, at the Serrekunda-East-Mini-Stadium.
The draw saw Bakau leveled on points with Serrekunda-West that were also involved in a goalless draw against Gunjur side that lost to Bakau 1-nil, courtesy of Assan Jatta's 53rd minute opener.
A win for Sukuta against Gunjur could prove vital which would see them level on point with Bakau that have already got four points to its name, provided the reigning champions slip to West that also got four.
Gunjur side that proved to be one of the toughest opponents against Bakau still has a chance to book their place in the second round of the championship if they can snatch three points against Serrekunda-West in the last game of the group stage which would see the Western Region giants move to four points.
The Bakau side is highly tipped to replicate the form that saw them winning the back-to-back title but the team is not showing an impressive performance that many expect from them so far.
They succumbed to a disappointing goalless draw against the former Zonals Champions Sukuta in Tuesday's game to the frustration of the fans, as well as the technical staff of the team who were equally unimpressed with the overall performance of the team, including their 1-nil victory over Gunjur.
Bakau endured similar poor campaign in last year's Zonal, including an embarrassing 2-1 defeat in the hands of Gunjur, amidst speculation that they would face an early exit from the tournament.
But an extra-ordinary performance in the later stage of the championship saw them clinch another historic title after becoming the first zone to win the accolade since its change of name to Baby Muhammed Jammeh's Perpetual football competition after thumping neighbours and bitter rivals Banjul in the final.