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GPA Register First Win in Five Matches

Apr 2, 2009, 5:03 AM | Article By: Lamin Drammeh & Lamin Darboe

Relegated Gambia Ports Authority, better known as the Ferry boys, collected their first victory in five games with a fascinating 2-0 victory against fellow strugglers Jambanjelly in the week five fixtures of the ongoing GFA Second Division at the East-Park on Tuesday.

The win has given Ports seven points and fifth position.

Hatab Badjie capitalized on a defensive blunder to open the scoring for GPA with just 20 minutes on the clock in a nail biting encounter.

Jambanjelly, who managed only one victory in five fixtures, occasionally went close to scoring through Nuha Janneh and Captain Modou Ceesay but all their efforts proved futile after failing to put their names on the scoresheet.

GPA striker Haji Tunkara, who missed many scoring opportunities in both halves, had his best chance of the game in the 28th minute but his effort was denied by a stand-bar.

Saloum Faal, who assisted his side's opener, doubled GPA's advantage in the dying minutes of the first period from a powerful header and dashed the JamCity boys hopes of victory.

Speaking to Pointsport shortly after the game, the head coach of Jambanjelly, Benjamin Ezeh, hailed the performance of his team noting that there is only one winner at the end of the game.

The defeat also confirmed Jambanjelly's fourth loss n five fixtures and they are struggling in the relegation zone with only three points so far in the league.

But if the words of Benjamin Ezeh are anything to go by, they will soon benefit from the expected recovery of 5 key players who were all sidelined due to injuries.

He blamed the lack of luck for his side's 4th defeat in a row and expressed optimism that Jambanjelly will recover from their poor start to the season as the league proceeds.

Meanwhile, Benjamin Ezeh whose face was beamed with sorrow during this interview, seized the opportunity to call on the private sector and Parastatals to come to the rescue of Jambanjelly FC since the team is facing a serious financial crisis making the players transportation to the league matches very difficult for them.

Despite leading Jambanjelly to another disappointing display in his first game in charge, Benjamin Ezeh remained confident of a successful campaign.

The other game in the week five fixtures saw Serrekunda-East play a 1-1 draw with Ham Ham at Brikama Mini-Stadium, Assan Njie and Saikou Gibba scored for their sides in the 24th and 54th minutes respectively.