Sep 30, 2009, 6:25 AM
Following the successful conclusion of the first round fixtures of the Gambia Football Association division one league, Pointsport is making a partial review of the performances of all the participating teams and their positions in the twelve-club championship.
Surprise package Brikama United is enjoying a six point lead at the summit of the league table, having secured an impressive total of 25 points in eleven league matches.
The West Coast region side laid an outstanding performance during the first round, and deservedly prevailed over their fellow title contenders, rousing second place occupant Real De Banjul who leapfrog previous second place holders Wallidan on 19 points in eleven games.
Wallidan have dropped to fourth place on 19 points, and they were replaced by the Gambia Ports Authority who occupied third place, also with 19 points, but have a better goal difference than Wallidan, who have won the title more than any other GFA first division team.
Gamtel sits fifth on the table with 16 points in eleven games with a difference of six goals ahead of Armed Forces in sixth place, also with 16 points, while Young Africans, Bakau United and the academy boys Samger all secured 13 points.
Despite leveled with Young Africans and Bakau United, all with the same number of points, Samger is above the two thanks to a better goal difference, which means they occupy 7th position followed by Young Africans, who conceded the same number of goals with Bakau United but coach Kebba Touray and his Bakau lads conceded more goals, leaving them behind the promoted Young Africans side at 9th place.
Africell secured 10th position with 7 points and are fighting hard to avoid demotion to the country's second tier football league, while their close neighbours and rivals, Steve Biko, who completed the first round fixtures without a single win, struggle to find form which saw them rooted second from bottom with only six points in their last eleven top tier league matches.
Despite their woeful performance throughout the first round, the Bakau giant killers are a little bit better off than fellow relegation candidate Interior, who have been nicked-named the draw specialists.
They got the same number of points with the suspended coach Ebrima Manneh’s side, but enjoyed a better goal difference.