6 December 2012

Gambia: Banjul Beat Defending Champs in Zonals Opener

Banjul followed up with Serekunda East and Brikama by securing a win in their opening game of the 2012 Super Nawettan competition with victory over defending champions Lamin on Tuesday.

Brikama secured their first ever victory over Sukuta in an all West Coast Region affair at the Box Bar Mini-Stadium having come from 2-1 down with time running out to win 3-2 at the weekend while Serekunda East also continued to prove that they are the better side of the two Serekundas with a 1-0 win over West.

Banjul followed the duo by getting their campaign off to a flying start despite concluding their annual Nawettan competition exactly 48 hours before the game with Lamin. Ebrima Camara scored the game's only goal after only 26 minutes.

In the second and final game of Tuesday, invitees BEM came from behind to share the spoils with Manjai Kunda 1-1 in a game played at the Serekunda West Mini-Stadium. Amat Jangum opened the scorings for the team based at the Father Gough Sports Complex in the opening exchanges of the first half but Assan Njie ensured parity for the Barra, Essau and Mayamba team in the 24th minute.

With ten teams competing at last year's edition with Serekunda Central and BEM who temporarily replaced suspended Bakau as the newcomers, the coastal town team has returned this year to take their place with Brufut also gaining GFA recognition bringing the competing teams at this year's edition to 12.

The twelve teams are grouped in two groups of six teams each and four teams will qualify from each group to play in the last eight of the competition. So defeat in the end for Serekunda West, Sukata and Lamin in their opening games might not be calamitous in the end as they still have four more games to put things right.

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