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‘We are going for 3 points in every game’

Apr 22, 2014, 9:53 AM | Article By: Cherno Omar Bobb

Hagie Tunkara, assistant coach of GPA, has said his side would continue to fight for every three points in each of their remaining games of the Gambia Football Federation (GFF) First Division League.

Tunkara, who was speaking to reporters on Sunday at the Serrekunda East Mini Stadium following his side’s 1-nil win over Banjul United in the week-thirteen encounter of the GFF league, added that the game against the first division league debutants was a difficult one as the opponents are a young promising team.

“Banjul United really performed very well,” he stated but noted that his boys too did very well by controlling most part of the game.

“We had a lot of chances but failed to score in the first half,” he pointed out, saying they had to make sure they come into the second half and score first and if they cannot score more they defend their goal.

They are taking it game by game like they did during the first round, he went on, reiterating that they are going for the three points in every game.

Assistant coach Tunkara gave credit to the management of GPA, saying they came onboard to motivate the team when the team was losing.

The motivation is starting to pay off, he observed, adding that they hope it would continue.

They would still try to put up good performance in their upcoming games to collect the needed points, he added.

His side put a lot of pressure on themselves by having the ball in promising areas and giving it away to their opponents, he noted, saying they had to struggle to defend in the dying minutes of the game and – “thank God” - they managed to finish the game without conceding a goal.

Their aim is to maintain their winning form, keep on working hard and collecting the three points, he concluded.

Omar Touray, Banjul United head coach, for his part, said: “I am disappointed with the officiating of the game: we had a lot of advantages, the goal was not a good goal; we have accepted it and will go back and prepare for the next game.”

He said the performance of his boys was good, as they exerted pressure on GPA, tipped as the favourites since they are a big club.

“We gave them the due respect but we did well, as playing against a team like GPA you cannot open up your defence line in the first period of the game; you must take your time to study their formation,” Coach Touray intimated, saying: “We did our home work but they have good technicians, and when we knew we can have something in the game we opened up in the second half.”