17 December 2012

Gambia: Bem Raise Concern Over Venue

The Barra Essau and Mayamba Zonal Committee has written to the Organising Committee of the 2012 edition of the Super Nawettan raising concerns over the venue of their quarterfinal game against Brikama on Tuesday. The North Bank Region settlement argue that the game should have been taken to a venue favourable to them instead of the Box Bar mini-Stadium.

Speaking to Observer Sports on Sunday, Yankuba Marong, chairman of the BEM Zonal Committee, said the fixtures released by the Organising Committee prior to the championship did not specify the grounds for any game beyond the group stage and as such it is unfair to take the game to Brikama. He added that as the team that finished top of their group, BEM should be given the priority to play at a favourable venue and not Brikama.

He said they are against the match taking place in Brikama due to reasons connecyed with transportation, among others. He said the small boats that they hire for their games close at 7pm which will make it impossible to catch it up after playing a game in Brikama. He also added that it will also mean paying three fares from the Ferry Crossing Point which could deprive them of their fans.

When contacted by Observer Sports, the secretary to the Organising Committee, Pa Omar Jallow, acknowledged receipt of the letter. He said they will reply to the letter at the right time.

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