Apr 16, 2009, 6:39 AM
The Gambia’s most successful women football team in recent years, Interior, are the new leaders of the Gambia Football Association National Women’s League.
They have leapfrogged previous table toppers Red Scorpions at the summit of the five-club league table after a hard-fought 1-nil win over Choro Mbenga’s charges, who are also their closest rivals in pursuit of winning the coveted league title.
The two powerhouses in the country’s top-tier women’s football (Interior and Red Scorpions) met at the Independence Stadium in Bakau on Saturday in a class of titans as the race for this year’s league title continues to gather pace between the two sides.
A sensational second-half goal from the game’s hero, Mama Saidy, was all the military girls needed to climb at the top of the league table for the first time this season, to succeed Red Scorpions who spent the entire first round leading the league table with the sole aim of rounding off the campaign.
Red Scorpions went into the weekend battle with Interior on the back of an inspiring 4-1 win at the expense of Makasutu, with 16 points to their name.
But they have lost the fight so far to the new leaders, Interior, who are one point ahead of the 2005 league champions on 17 points with three games remaining.
However Red Scorpions still have a chance to reclaim the top spot when they come face to face with Company Ten, Armed Forces and Abuko United in their remaining fixtures to be played after Ramadan.
The news came as a huge blow to Red Scorpions’ title ambition as it cut short their hope of winning the league for the first time since 2005.
The side, whose title aspiration seems to be fading away once more to Interior, face a must-win situation in all their remaining matches in an attempt to condemn the mighty Interior to their fifth consecutive league title.