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Division One strugglers wrap-up Ziguinchorr friendly

Mar 30, 2010, 1:29 PM | Article By: Lamin Drammeh

Real De Banjul have proven to be one of the biggest disappointments in the country's top flight football this season due to the lack of consistency and experience of some of the new players injected into the team which saw them collected only 12 points in 11 league matches struggling at 7 position in the league.

The team under the guidance of former coach of the Gambia Armed Forces, Pa Samba Mbenga, who continued to struggle after strings of dismal results in the 12 club championship used the two weeks break to undergo a 3-day intensive preparatory programme in Ziguinchorr, ahead of what promises to produce an exciting moment of top flight football as the second round set to commence in a fortnight time.

The 2006\07 GFA Division One league champions who travelled to Ziguinchorr, Cassamance last Friday returned home on Sunday following an international-friendly game with their Senegalese counterparts Kassa Sports, a professional team in the Senegalese league.

The team, according to the man at the helm of affairs Mbenga, laid a hard fought encounter as they opened the scoring in Saturday's encounter, but they were eventually held to a titanic 1-1 draw after the home team came from behind to level the score.

The visitors as Pointsport was informed took an early lead when striker Edrissa Jarra, aka Ronaldo scored from a penalty spot to frustrate the home team's efforts of snatching a victory.

According to him, Kassa Sports responded mid-way through the second period as they took full advantage of a clear scoring chance to net the second goal of the game from a penalty spot to level the tie to 1-1.

But, if this international preparatory programme is anything to lean on, Mbenga is confident Real could overcome their problems which include poor finishing, lack of consistency, as well as some poor defending which saw them sitting 7 position in the 12 club championship with only 12 points.

"We have absolutely learnt from our mistakes and hopefully we will come back stronger in the second round," the confident coach was quoted by our reporter as saying, at the team's training ground at the Independence Stadium yesterday morning.