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GFA 1st Division League title race down to wire

Jun 11, 2012, 1:35 PM | Article By: Lamin Darboe & Cherno Omar Bobb

The 2011-2012 Gambia Football Association (GFA) division one league title race is down to wire after current league leaders Armed Forces slipped to City boys Real De Banjul 2-1 in the week twenty-one fixtures played at the Banjul KG5 Mini Stadium Saturday.

Real De Banjul opened the score through prolific striker Buba Jallow, alias Meles, in the 29th minute of the game from a sensible finish after capitalizing on Modou Njie Sarr’s pass to give his side the lead.

Substitute striker Buba Sama, alias Totti, levelled for the Gambia Armed Forces in the 68th minute of the game after capitalizing on Real De Banjul goalkeeper Assan Jallow’s blunders to cancel out Buba Jallow’s 29th minute opener.

Domingo Manneh grabbed the winner for Real De Banjul in the 86th minute of the game from a brilliant strike to put Real De Banjul on a better chance of winning this season’s GFA division one league since 2007.   

Armed Forces’ loss to Real De Banjul has really dashed their hopes of claiming the 2011-2012 league title, meaning the title race is wide open as three teams - Real De Banjul, Armed Forces and Gambia Ports Authority - all stand a chance of lifting the league title next Sunday.

Relegation threatened Serrekunda United beat Hawks on the same score-line at the Father Gough Sports Complex in Manjai Kunda.

Academy boys Samger humbled Bakau giant killers Steve Biko 4-2 in the other week twenty-one fixtures played at the Serrekunda West Mini Stadium on the same day.

Real De Banjul are now leading the league table with 36 points in twenty-one games.

Armed Forces have dropped to 2nd position with 35 points in twenty-one games, a single point behind new league leaders Real De Banjul.

Samger have so far bagged 30 points in twenty-one games, Steve Biko have collected 26 points in twenty-one games, Hawks 24 points in twenty-one games, while Serrekunda United are still struggling with 20 points in twenty-one games.