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GPA succeeds Gamtel as league leaders

Feb 23, 2010, 2:32 PM

The Gambia Ports Authority (GPA) dropped two valuable points to extend their stay on top of the table after a bitterly fought goalless draw against Steve Biko, at the Box Bar Mini-stadium in Brikama. Despite that, the Ferry boys as many called them has climbed at the top of the table after succeeding outstanding Gamtel FC, who spent the better part of the campaign leading the table.

Gamtel, on the other hand, missed another chance to go clear at the top of the table after a disappointing one-nil defeat in the hands of Wallidan, who registered their second win in seven matches.

The telecommunication boys now find themselves in second place on 13 points, one adrift of new leaders GPA who collected 14 points in seven matches.

Steve Biko maintains their position in third place after sharing spoils with the ferry boys and promoted the GPA side whose poor performances had shown them relegated to the Second Division two years ago before making a tremendous come back to put in a remarkable performance in the 12 Club Championship.

The Bakau giant killers miss the services of four key members of the squad, with the likes of Captain Assan Jatta, Buba Njie and two others following two-ban suspension imposed on them by the Gambia Football Association in their 2-1 loss to the blue boys Wallidan, a fortnight ago. Wallidan also made a brilliant performance, which really paid dividend as they snatched a one-nil win over Gamtel to climb to six place on 9 points in seven matches.

The blue boys goal came courtesy of a brilliant strike by captain George Cole in the 42nd minute from a penalty spot when defender Alagie Amadou Ngum handled the ball inside Gamtel's penalty area to the delight of Coach Foday Bah, who has come under heavy criticism after a strings of dismal results in the league winning only two matches in the process.

Meanwhile, Armed Forces who are The Gambia's only representative in the ongoing African champions league where they endured a disappointing 2-nil defeat in the first-leg-in Banjul, a fortnight ago beat promoted Interior side 2-1 to move to 4th place with 9 points, while Interior who conceded their first defeat in the league dropped to 8 position on 8 points.

Samger defeated Brikama United to occupy the 5th spot with 9 pints, while struggling Walidan who sits at six position registered 9 points from seven matches.

Bakau outfit Bakau United enjoyed a narrow 2-1 win against city rivals Sea View to collect 9 points in seven position, while Brikama United that loss to Samger 2-1 a few days ago currently settle at the bottom of the table, with 4 points from seven matches.

Their performances in the league this season has been so much demoralising, prompting them to part company with Coach Lang Kah, who failed to lead the Western Region outfit to another victory in as many league matches.