25 December 2012

Gambia: Controversy Mars Zonal Final

Scores were injured as tension escalated in Saturday's Super Nawettan turned chaotic finals.

The embarrassing incident was stirred up when securities manhandled an unidentified fan who unexpectedly stormed the pitch and allegedly attempted to whop the central referee with his South African ear deafening Vuvuzela.

Few minutes away from time, enraged fans pelted stones in the pitch from the pavillion and the unfolding drama provoked a free-for-all-fight, eyewitnesses say. Armed with batons in full riot gears, the securities fired tear gas to disperse spectators.

Shockingly, a photo journalist was brutally tortured for taking snaps and another severely wounded and said to be administered at hospital for treatment.

Brikama Zonal team were at the time leading 3-2 when all hell broke loose minutes away from time. This year's Nawettan had seen a number of fines being slammed on teams including Sukuta and Gunjur for violence.

Brikama United opened the score via former Gambia U-17 midfielder Sainey Sambou from an Omar Badjie's assist after 38 minutes into the first-half.

Stylish afro tress Modou Lamin Sawo doubled the score seven minutes into re-start as Bakau trail 2-0 down.

Bakau however pulled a goal back seven minutes from the second goal as Sanna Darboe rose to meet an Ousman Manneh cross from the right. Sulayman Sanyang climbed off the bench to restore pride for travelling Bakau fans with a timely equaliser as result ticked 2-2.

Tension flared when Brikama slotted the game's third - a disputed goal after the referee apparently snubbed Bakau's Ousman Manneh who is thought to have been cynically fouled. Brikama picked from the other end to fire home their final goal for 3-2 score. Fans began to hurl stones in fury.

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