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GPA draw with Hawks in friendly

Feb 10, 2011, 1:22 PM | Article By: Cherno Omar Bobb

The Gambia Ports Authority (GPA) on Tuesday drew 2-2 with Hawks FC in a friendly encounter played at the Serrekunda East mini-Stadium.

The friendly game was part of the Gambia Ports Authority’s preparation for their second-leg clash in the Caf champions league match at home with Jaaraf to be played at the Serrekunda East mini-Stadium on Saturday.

The reigning division one league champions led by Coach Peter Bonu Johnson, secured a deserved 1-1 draw with Jaraaf of Senegal in the first leg of the competition a fortnight ago in Dakar.

Antouman Badjan and Ousman Saho scored for the Gambia Ports Authority, while Bakary Nyassi and Bakary Sambou netted for their side to secure a 2-2 draw with the ferry boys during Tuesday’s friendly match.

Speaking to reporters after the game, the head coach of the Gambia Ports Authority, Peter Bonu Johnson, said it was unfortunate to have conceded two goals against Hawks.

Bonu was however quick to add that “the game was not bad”, noting that they still have days to prepare physically and mentally ahead of what promises to produce an exciting moment of football encounter this weekend.

He said: “We will work very hard on our defensive area to avoid conceding goals. We will also make sure we score goals in order to avoid the risk of elimination from the champions league.”

Bonu stated further that the objective of the GPA for Saturday’s encounter is to play well and win the match to advance to the next stage of the championship.

He also called on all Gambians to pray for them so that luck would be on their side come Saturday.

Bonu, former head coach of the Gambia national U-20 team, has also vowed to put up a respectable performance in their encounter with Jaraaf.

Ansu Fatty, assistant coach of Hawks FC, for his part, said the test game against the GPA was keenly contested, noting that the match had given them the opportunity to access the performance of the players they have invited for screening.

He wishes the GPA the very best of luck in their game against Jaraaf and prays that they qualify for the next stage of the competition.