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Immigration set for title defense, as NISA Tourney commences tomorrow

Mar 4, 2011, 1:15 PM | Article By: Lamin Drammeh

The defending champions of the 9th edition of the National Inter-departmental sports Association football tournament (NISA), Immigration Department, will start the defence of their title when they rub shoulders with Kombo Beach in tomorrow’s opener at the Serrekunda West Mini-Stadium, Pointsport has reliably learnt.

Immigration, who enjoyed a 1-nil win over the Gambia Ports Authority in a pulsating final to claim the last year’s title, are expected to face a stern competition from Africell, Kombo Beach and the Daily Observer in group A.

The Immigration NISA team were also the champions of the recently ended regional football tournament held in Thies following thier decisive victory over Dakar in an action-packed final.

Meanwhile group B that also comprises four teams will see Gampost meet Gambega, Nawec and the hotel boys Seaview.

National Aids Secretariat, Royal Victoria Teaching Hospital, Gambia Armed Forces and the Gambia Radio and Television Services (GRTS), are pitted in group C while group D consists of the Gambia Civil Aviation Authority, Sheraton Hotel, Gambia Fire and Ambulance Services and the Ministry of Health and Social Welfare.

However, sources close to the NISA tournament have told Pointsport that the fate of Group F will be decided on Wednesday.

The tournament will begin with the involvement of Female teams when Gamtel/Gamcel female team face Gambia Immigration Department female team at 4pm.

The tournament will start in a form of a match-past commencing at the former IEC house on

Kairaba Avenue
to the Serrekunda West Mini-stadium where the big event is expected to take centre stage, our sources added.

The president of the NISA, Buba Sagna is expected to deliver a speech which will eventually pave the way for the commencement of the tournament.

The Minister of Youth and Sports, Hon. Sheriff ML Gomez, the Interior Minister Ousman Sonko, the Speaker of the National Assembly and a host of dignitaries are expected to grace the occasion.