30 November 2012

Gambia: Banjul Set for Double Finals

The Banjul Sports Committee is set to play the finals of its Sky High-sponsored League and Knockout competition this weekend with both games to take place at the KG5 Mini-Stadium on Friday and Sunday respectively.

A very wonderful final is expected between rivals Jamesen and Plumbi in the D35,000 prize money league competition so too is the Knockout final involving two of the teams regarded as the most entertaining sides in the Nawettan -Man City and Makann Bi. The day will begin at 4pm when the two participating teams are expected to arrive at the field and fill their match forms. The teams will gather for the usual pre-match ceremony and the games will kick off at 4:30pm.

The Banjul Sports Committee has explained that in the event that the games ended in a goalless stalemate at the end of regulation time, despite their rules allowing for a replay, they are going straight into the post-match penalty shootout probably largely due to the congestion of the football calendar. In both finals, Plumbi United and Makann Bi are designed as Teams A whilst Jamesen and Man City will be regarded as Teams B.

In that vein, Plumbi United and Makann Bi will occupy the dressing room on the left and the bench on the right, whilst Jamesen and Man City will occupy the dressing room on the right side of the mini-stadium and the bench on the left. Seven reserves and five officials will be allowed on each bench but five substitutions will be allowed from either team.

The Committee also revealed that teams that are to compete in the finals shall dress with the jerseys and T-shirts provided by the Committee and team sponsors will only apply during the tournament, whilst permission must be sort from the Committee for otherwise. If a final ends with no clear winner, the match could be replayed depending on the circumstances and if the replayed match ends with no clear winner for the second time, penalty kicks will be taken to decide the winner.

"Finalists must attend the presentation ceremony after the match for the winners and runners-up. This is a fundamental pillar of the spirit of the game and failure to do so will result to a stiff penalty," the Committee warned.


The award for the most influential player will be given to Muhtar Sugufara of Digi Dambi who will be given a shield and D1000 prize money while the most outstanding young player honour goes to Edirissa Sissoho of Plumbi who will also pocket home D1000 and a shield.

The most disciplined team are Revelation FC who will also be given a shield and D1000 while the top goal scorer though yet to be decided will also receive an award.

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