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Biko miss easy chance to move from relegation zone

Jun 21, 2011, 3:50 PM | Article By: Lamin Drammeh

Steve Biko Football Club of Bakau on Sunday blew away what appeared to be their easiest chance to move away from the relegation zone with yet another disappointing 1-1 draw against fellow relegation strugglers Interior at the Independence Stadium in Bakau on Sunday, while Real De Banjul leapfrogged former leaders Brikama United at the summit of the league table with the same number of points on 26 but with some goal differences.

While the West Coast Region were busy raising funds for the Brikama outfit at the weekend, Real De Banjul wasted no time in jumping at the prospect of leapfrogging them at the top of the table with a controversial 1-nil win over Bakau United at the Independence Stadium on Saturday, a game that will be ever remembered for its notorious atmosphere.

The Bakau giant killers, who played 14 league games without a win, found themselves 1-nil up when midfielder Lamin Camara fired home from a long range effort in the 31st minute much to the delight of a cheering group of Biko supporters.

 It looked like Biko were going to put an end to their 14-game beaten run of poor form but Interior’s Bakaramo Ceesay’s equaliser in the 69th minute mounted extreme pressure on the 2001 FA Cup winners who could only manage nine points out of a possible 42 points with eight games remaining.

The military boys, who got off to a good start to the second round following their 1-nil win over Brikama United, were reduced to ten men when captain Modou Lamin Senghore was sent off in the 60th minute for a hefty tackle on Biko midfielder Demba Janneh, but the Bakau giant killers were not good enough to take advantage of a man down and instead settle for a 1-1 draw to put their relegation survival under a threat much to the panic of the club’s supporters.

Biko missed quite a few scoring chances that could have seen them win their first match of the 12-club campaign the best of which fell to substitute Buba Faye, but his final attempt let him down amidst taunts from Biko fans at the stoppage time.

“Poor finishing was the main factor for Sunday’s poor performance and it was really disappointing to miss good chances like we did against Interior,” says fuming Biko coach Abdoulie Bojang, who cast blame on his charges for what he referred to as their poor finishing ability.

“It is rather unfortunate that the boys could not capitalise on the numerous chances they created but hopefully the results will come as we enter our subsequent matches and if we can win our next two matches, that will see us off the relegation zone considering the number of points between us and the other teams in the league,” added Abdoulie Bojang also known as Lie.