Feb 21, 2012, 12:00 PM
Steve Biko FC have maintained their lead at the top of the Gambia Football Association (GFA) first division league table standing following their goalless draw with neighbours Bakau United in their week-nine fixtures game played at the Serrekunda East Mini Stadium.
The Bakau giant killers have now collected 18 points in nine encounters while Bakau United have bagged 10 points in eight games.
Abdoulie Bojang, head coach of Steve Biko FC, speaking to reporters shortly after the game, said the match was difficult because Bakau United came for a point and were sitting behind as well as delaying the play.
“In football it is never easy when you are at the top because every team prepares for you,” he said, adding that derby games are also never easy referring to their game against Bakau United, which was a derby.
He noted that both teams did not take the derby lightly, which also made it difficult, adding that Sulayman Sanyang (his striker) being injured early in the game contributed to their draw as “his partnership with Ousman Manneh has been very good”.
Playing with bigger teams is easier than playing with lower teams, he says, adding that his team plays more of possession football.
The league is far from over, he notes, saying what is more important for them now is improving and not winning the league because the past two seasons the maximum number of points they have collected is 24 points at the end of the league but they have now collected 18 points in the first round, and if given the chance they would win the league.
There is need to keep winning and be consistent if they want to win the league, he says, adding that they will prepare well for their next game.
Meanwhile, the GFA Organising Committee has produced a list of players found to have been suspended due to receiving two yellow cards at matches they played in the recent past leading to their suspensions.
The players are: Saihou Joof of Hawks, Lamin K. Jammeh (Steve Biko), Sulayman Marreh (Samger), Bakary Jaiteh (Samger), Saidou Badjie (Young Africans), Baboucarr Trawally (Real De Banjul), Augustus Bass (Interior), Omar Darboe (Interior) and Samsideen Badjie (Seaview).