Jul 15, 2008, 6:56 AM
Though Ebrima Bojang and Real De Banjul have thrown their chances of defending their championship by winning only two games in the second round, two players, products of Gilkock, are still hoping to be champions by the end of week twenty-two of the national league on the 13thof July 2008.
The inspirational player of Gilkock, Ebrima Jatta, alias 'EJ', of Hawks and teenage sensation Kissima Bojang, alias 'Kissy', now with Samger, together with Wallidan will all have their fate decided on the final day of the league.
Kissima's team Samger, who are equal on points with both Wallidan and EJ's Hawks, can be crowned champions if they can beat a renowned first division side Steve Biko and hope that Hawks and Wallidan throw out a draw on Sunday. For Hawks and EJ, the championship is in their own hands. They also only need a win over fellow title contenders Wallidan.
Kissy told Pointsports, "Last week we had the championship in our own hands but we failed to beat Wallidan. A victory would have seen us ahead of both Hawks and Wallidan. Meanwhile we must win in the final game against Biko, which is something possible. We will respect them as opponents but I think, at this moment our eyes are on the championship and nothing else and I hope our dreams come through. I still think we have an advantage over Wallidan and Hawks because they will be playing each other on Sunday and they both all title contenders. I am hoping that the game is a draw."
Responding to the question whether he has been converted to a defender instead of his normal position of a midfielder, Kissy said, "At this moment I am given a challenge and, as a player, one should learn to play everywhere to be able to help the team. Our game against Wallidan I played at the back and I was happy to complete the game on a positive note even though I never played in that position before."
Buba K Jallow, Technical Director of Gilcock Football academy said: "Before the whole academy use to rally behind Hawks when it use to be only Ebrima Jatta but now its too difficult when Ebrima Bojang and Kissima Bojang came in. Last year I threw my weight to Ebrima Bojang when his team Real De Banjul was close to the championship but this year I would rather sit on the fence to see matters unfold. For Kissy and EJ, I wish them well in their course of becoming champions.My wish is to see one of them crowned champion."
The national first division league has now become a very cumbersome affair as the top contenders Wallidan, Hawks and Samger are on equal points with only a single game to decide the league. They are all on 36 points but Wallidan and Hawks are edging it on goal difference of plus 8. Samger are behind with plus 6.