FOROYAA Newspaper (Serrekunda)

Gambia: Brikama Gives Away Chance to Banjul

Brikama zonal team has cruised out of the 2009 zonal championship after squaring one with Banjul at the Box Bar Mini Stadium on Tuesday.

Brikama could have joined Bakau, SK East and SK West to play in the semi final had they defended their lone goal lead over Banjul.

Lamin Findi Jammeh fired in the most needed goal for Brikama in the 10th minute of the first half after being set up by Buba Faye through Kaba Jobe's brilliant effort.

The home side Brikama muzzled up confidence and pushed harder for another goal which consolidated their lead while Banjulians who only needed a draw against Brikama fought tooth and nail to level the score line but the first half remained 1-0 in favour of Brikama.

As the play resumed in the second half Brikama kept defending their lone goal until in the 23 rd minute of the second half when second half substitute Tony Mendy capitalized on Alhagie Dodou Jeng's cross and slotted in the equalizer for the city boys.

The goal came at a time when Brikama were down by ten men.Abdoulie Mbye was sent off by Mawdo for second bookable offence.

Despite the numerical disadvantage, Brikama has numerous scoring chances to win Banjul but squandered them all.

New entrant Ebou Cole could have been the savior of Brikama to qualify to the semi final but blew all his clear chances.

At the final whistle it was like mourning amongst the fans .Others blamed the referee for their misfortune due to poor officiating while others put all the blame on the players for failing to take advantage of their chances.

The last four teams to the zonal semi final are Bakau, SK West, SK East and Banjul that qualified at the expense of Brikama.

Meanwhile SK East also on Tuesday has beaten Lamin by a goal to nil.Habib Koroma was the author of the lone goal.

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