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Big Weekend in the GFA First Division League, as Two Rivals Meet Again for The Title Race

Jul 4, 2008, 6:59 AM | Article By: By Ebou Manneh

The Gambia Football Association 2007/08 first division league season will enter week 21 tomorrow Saturday 5thJuly 2008, and is one of the biggest weekends in the GFA first division league.Two rivals Samger and Wallidan will meet again for the title race in this year's league mostly described by people as one of the best seasons so far in the history of the Gambian domestic league as there is no under-dog team.

The week 21 fixtures will witness the most interesting game on Sunday were the two rivals Samger and Wallidan will meet again as both team are fighting for the title race. Both are 35 points but 2 goals separate the two side's. They are both still only 2 points ahead of 3rdplace Hawks FC, with only two games to go.

What are the chances of this three teams being crowned 2007/08 GFA champions?

Wallidan will be playing Samger and this game will be a do or die game for both teams. They drew in the first round of the league and this time is a heavy fight as a single point dropped and a win for Hawks will see the league get more complicated. Wallidan will be facing Hawks in their last game when the title race will be decided, as both teams need to win if they want to be the league champions. We expect to witness good game as both teams are very good with the ball, they are well composed and full of talented players. Wallidan are good in the midfield and attacking force while Samger are well organised and good in attacking force and we expect to see a drawn game.

Steve Biko take on Hawks FC. This is a very important match for the red devils of Hawks as they need to win their two remaining matches and pray that both Wallidan and Samger drop points. The Bakau giants are very good ifor entertaining football but scoring is their main problem. This game will be another interesting game as the former Hawks player Abou Sallah who plays now for Steve Biko FC will be facing his former club. The red devils need to go all out to collect the three points, but will the Bakau giants allow them to pass? We expect to see Hawks collect the three points On Saturday 5thJuly 2008at the Independence Stadium.

Real de Banjul are playing the Hotel Boys of Sea View. The 2007 league champions hopes of regaining the tile was dashed after they were beaten by the Academy Boys 2-1 in week 20. Real's loss saw them with 27 points eight points behind league leaders Wallidan and Samger and 5 points behind Hawks FC. Seaview lost their game against Sait Matty by 3-1 but in this game we expect to see the City Boys regain their form and collect the three points.

Sait Matty lock horns with Gamtel. Both teams are playing well so far and collected the three points in their last games and we predict a drawn game.

Another interesting game sees the two bottom sides, . Interior and Bakau United, struggling to avoid relegation. The Bakau giants always escape in their last games but will this year see a repeat performance? They beat the league leaders Wallidan in their last game by 1-0 and that will motivate them to regain form, but will it be like the English league were the likes of Bolton will trash the likes of Arsenal but at the end they suffer at the hands of the under dog teams. Interior need to win all their remaining games and pray for GPA and Bakau United to sleep.

And other disappointing team is GPA what is happening to this team? With the type and quality of players the team has what is stopping them from wining games? Are the players committed? Is the sacking of the head coach Lukeh the solution? or are there differences in the dressing room? The Ferry Boys' only hope of remaining in the first division is in their hands as they must beat Armed Forces and Gamtel. Will they be able to win these games with only 2 wins since the beginning of the league? The Armed boys are lying in 5thposition in the table and will be looking to maintain their position or move up but their hopes of wining the title were dashed away.