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Can Samger, Hawks and Wallidan Overcome 2nd Place Biko?

May 27, 2009, 10:30 AM | Article By: Lamin Drammeh

Despite being crowned the champions of the just concluded GFA first division league championship, Armed Forces will leave no stone unturned in their efforts to snatch two more wins when they host second place Bakau giants Steve Biko and rejuvenated Hawks side who needed another vital 3 points to level on points with the current second place Steve Biko who collected 32 points in 21 games.

The Khaki Boys as they are fondly called, collected their 2nd GFA league title in 6 years which was confirmed during their narrow 1-nil victory over relegated Tallinding United on Thursday 21st of May, 2009 at the Serrekunda East Mini-Stadium courtesy of Modou Gaye's 10th minute strike.

When their closest rivals Samger who needed a vital point to close the gap on the leaders, had their title hope dented with a disappointing 2-0 defeat by Brikama United at Father Gough Sports Complex in Manjai, to the delight of the Military Squad.

Armed Forces, the champions, who already secured a total of 43 points in 20 games will wrap up the campaign with two games in hand when they lock horns with Steve Biko tomorrow at the Serrekunda East Mini-Stadium before meeting Hawks on the 4th June 2009 at Brikama.  And a win for them against Hawks and Biko will take them to 49 points in 22 games which is very rare in the country's top flight football.

A win for Coach Abdoulie Bojang and his Biko side would be a crucial moment for the 2001 FA cup champions, which will see them finish at second place on 35 points for the first time in many years despite failing to clinch their first GFA league title since gaining promotion to the first division.

Meanwhile Wallidan who failed in their attempt to retain their league title are currently occupying 5 places on 31 points but the former league and current FA cup champions could move one more step forward if they win their game in hand against 4th place Samger on Thursday at the Independence Stadium in Bakau.

The academy boys who finished 2 points behind last year's champions, Wallidan, may face an uphill task in their effort to collect the maximum points when they entertain their closest rivals the 'Blue Boys' tomorrow at Independence Stadium as part of their game in hand. 

Samger who suffered a 4-3 defeat to Gamtel in a pulsating encounter last week have had an impressive run of form but the academy boys seem to have lost their winning spirit of late, but they still stand a chance of finishing among the top 2 teams should they overcome Wallidan and hoping that Biko and Hawks lose to Armed Forces. They are currently on 4 position with 31 points, two more than Hawks.

Hawks who had their worst start to the season after many games without a win, went close to relegation but Coach Sang Ndong and his Banjul club have been celebrating for survival while Armed Forces were celebrating for their second league title in 6 years.

They have made a great improvement of late in the championship when they came from the drop zone to occupy the 6 position on 26 points.