#Article (Archive)

Steve Biko escape relegation, two fail to survive the battle

Aug 2, 2011, 2:26 PM | Article By: Lamin Drammeh

After several months of battle for survival in the Gambia Football Association division one league campaign, Bakau giant killers Steve Biko have finally escaped relegation to the second tier of Gambian football despite a hard fought goalless draw with Samger at the Father Gough Sports complex in Manjai on Sunday.

However two other teams - Interior and Africell - could not survive the fight and have definitely got demoted following strings of disappointing performances, especially Africell, who are rooted at the bottom of the table with 18 points in 22 league matches.

Africell went to the last game of the league fixtures with nothing to show for their encounters, and their efforts proved unsuccessful once more after a 2-1 defeat they conceded again from Interior.

Interior, who have collected 21 points, beat their fellow demotion fighters Africell 2-1 but that result was not good enough to see them through after the other relegation fighters Steve Biko added one more point to their rank to send the two below par performers packing.

The Bakau side, whose survival lies in their own hands knowing a draw could see them avoid the drop, could only manage three victories out of 22 league games they played collecting 22 points in the entire campaign.

Elsewhere, Brikama United, crowned champions of the 2010-2011 Gambia Football Association division one league a fortnight ago, lost to telecommunication giants Gamtel in the final day of the league at the Serrekunda East Mini -stadium on Sunday.

Modou Njie Sarr and Assan Ceesay scored Gamtel’s goals in the 55th and 75th   minute.

Brikama United finished on top of the league with 43 points in twenty-two outings.

Gamtel are 4th with 33 points in twenty-two games whilst Africell finished at the bottom of the league table with 18 points in twenty-two games.

Interior are second from bottom with 21 points in twenty-two games, a single point behind Steve Biko, who occupied 10th position with 22 points in twenty-two games, while Samger are 9th position on the league table with 24 points in twenty-two games.