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Demba Janneh’s goal enhances Biko survival hope in Derby encounter

Jul 15, 2011, 3:04 PM | Article By: Lamin Drammeh

Steve Biko’s aggressive midfield star Demba Janneh netted the game’s only goal to boost up any hope of Biko maintaining their place in the country’s top-flight football league next season.

The former Gambia national U-17 hit-man was on target as Biko crushed to a pulsating 1-nil win city rivals Africell in the week twenty fixtures of the Gambia Football Association at the Independence Stadium in Bakau yesterday evening amidst cheering crowd.

The two neighbours were ambitious in attacking, especially during the second half of the contest, having entered the clash on the back of defeats to respective opponents Young Africans and Real De Banjul.

But it was the Bakau giant killers who made their winning intention known when they scored an early goal courtesy of Demba Janneh’s solo-effort that was enough to send Biko two places above the relegation zone ahead of Interior and Africell, with only two games remaining.

Africell, who are still rooted at the bottom of the 12-club league table on 15 points, could have equalised but strings of poor finishing ability have seen them maintain their place at the bottom of the table.

Although the mobile outfit, who parted company with head coach Ousman Janneh in the latter part of the second round of the campaign, have a huge chance to close the gap on two other relegation candidates, Biko and Interior, having played lesser games than the two.

While the win has definitely boosted Biko’s hope of avoiding the drop, they still have two more crucial matches to go through successfully to be guaranteed a top-flight football next season.

Next for the Bakau giant killers who have raised their points to 20 is another crucial encounter when they face Gamtel on 23 July 23.

Elsewhere, Wallidan poor campaign has continued after they were beaten 1-nil by Armed Forces, a win that have confirmed their six consecutive defeats and has absolutely sent them out of the title race.

Gamtel yesterday enjoyed a 2-1 victory over academy boys Samger in a bitterly fought encounter while the other game in the week twenty fixtures saw Gambia Ports Authority play a goalless draw with Young Africans.