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Second Division League analysis

Jan 15, 2010, 3:30 PM | Article By: Lamin Drammeh

As we continue on the analysis of  the 2008/09 GFA League Season  today we look back to the analysis of the last year's GFA 2nd Division League Season, which has always failed in its attempt to attract public interest like the  Female National League.

GPA, a household name in the country’s top flight football has made a dramatic comeback to secure a place in the First Division once again following their relegation to the second tier football in 2007/08 GFA season, due to unsatisfactory results in the First Division.

The Ferry Boys as they are widely known, who scored the highest number of goals in the last season's Second Division League  scoring 30 league goals in 18 matches became the champions with a total of 35 points, alongside Ebrima Manneh’s Interior side who netted 19 goals occupying the second  spot on equal point with the champions with only two goals, separating them with the Ferry Boys, GPA. Fourth place holders Ham Ham that received the least number of red cards collected  26 points eight points adrift of Serrekunda East that occupied the third spot on 34 points, while Nema United that finished in 5th place with 26 points received the highest number of yellow cards, while Coach Amat Cham whose team’s performances in recent  years has been so much embarrassing, after failing to impress which saw them drop to the Third Division with only 13 points in 18 league matches received. They received the highest number of red cards as well. Kara Silo spent the better part of the last year’s league season struggling at the bottom of the table, following the departure of Amat Cham who had traveled to Germany during that period. The out of form second division outfits eventually could not  maintain their place in the Second Division, and as a  result were relegated to the Second Division alongside Jambanjelly who only managed to secure 9 points out of 18 league matches.

Jambanjelly also secured the least number of goals in last season GFA Second Division League Championship with only 10 league goals at their disposal, while fellow demoted Kaira Silo registered a total of 14 league goals last season.

Nema United who had a perfect start to last year’s league eventually found themselves in 5th place with 26 points, while closest rivals Lamin United occupied 6th place on 23 points and received the least number of yellow cards. Ali Sowe who plays his local football with Serrekunda East United was awarded the leading goal scorer last year after scoring a total of  10 league goals to his name, but his goals were not good enough to earn his side any championship title as they only managed  to sit on 7 place at 20 points, three ahead of closest rivals and the FA cup winners young Africans that secured 17 points. Young Africans were lowly rated to make an impact in the FA cup competition, but they have proved all doubters wrong after turning out in a spectacular fashion to lift the FA cup title away from some power houses in the country’s top flight football. Meanwhile, out of  90 GFA Second Division League matches a total of 192 goals were scored, 315 yellow cards registered with a total of 27 red-cards also been recorded.