May 28, 2009, 7:29 AM
Serrekunda West zonal team has continued their poor run of form to the start of the Gambia Football Association Super Nawetan Championship following yet another 1-0 defeat in the hands of Sukuta zonal team in their second encounter of the competition played at the Box Bar Mini-stadium in Brikama on Sunday.
Mustapha Sonko scored the only goal of the game for Sukuta zonal team in the 12th minute from a fine shot after capitalizing on Lamin Touray’s cross.
Serrekunda West zonal team are without a point in two games and currently sit bottom of the table in Group B, while Sukuta zonal side have collected three points in a single encounter.
On the same day, at the Serrekunda East Mini-stadium, Lamin zonal team draw 0-0 with Barra, Essau and Mayamba (BEM) zonal team in a keenly contested encounter.
Lamin zonal side have now collected four points in two encounters while BEM zonal side have managed to collect only a single point in two games.
Speaking to reporters shortly after the game, Badou Ceesay, head coach of Serrekunda West zonal team, said he was very disappointed with the score line but “there is still a chance for us in their remaining two games to qualify”.
His team played very well but finishing was their problem, he said, adding that if they are to qualify to the next stage of the competition they must win their remaining two games of the group stage.
Musa Manneh, captain of Serrekunda West zonal team, said that although they lost to Sukuta zonal team they would go back and rectify their mistakes to ensure they win their remaining two games and qualify to the next stage of the competition as they promised their fans.
Joe Jatta, head coach of BEM zonal team, said his team played well but that the reason he was not happy was that the referee was making wrong decisions against them.
He added that he was disappointed with Amadou Keita missing the best chance of the game for his side, describing him as an experienced player.
They would go back and work on their finishing, he said, adding: “This is our first experience in the competition and we were here to learn.”
Lamin Nyan, captain of BEM zonal team, said their game against Lamin zonal team was well-contested but that they would ensure they win their remaining two games of the competition.
Lamin Fofana, head coach of Lamin zonal team, said he was disappointed with the score line, adding that they should have won the game easily.
“We should have won by 5 to 6 goals but luck was not on our side,” he added. “We have taken it in good faith.”
He also stated that fatigue also contributed to their draw but that he did not regret starting any player.
“We will go back and work for our next games and we will take anything that come our way,” he remarked, adding that the fans have the right to say what they want but they the coaches have to look at what is best for the team.