7 January 2013

Gambia: Manjai League Final Disrupted

Manjai League finals between Johaness and Fajara South failed to hold after Darusalam distractingly stormed the pitch.

Darusalam unceremoniously invaded the playing field to deter the final from being played during vehement protest.

The invading team revolted over a decision passed by the KMC sports tribunal whose ruling disqualified them for fielding an ineligible player earlier last month.

The judgment following a complaint lodged by Johanness FC saw Darusalam stripped off their finalist rights after being found wanting by a KMC investigating panel.

Johannes lost a goal to nil to Darusalam during a semi-final showdown in November, but with a KMC sports body's ruling going in Johannes way, sparked outraged on Darusalam and its fan base.

In revolt of the ruling, Darusalam on Saturday stormed the pitch insisting play would not take place and hired securities, on advice of its commanding superior, snubbed calls to intervene.

Both sides reach agreement

Johanness FC and waiting finalist Fajara South reached a common ground to resolve the provocation and were given each D35,000 by the Manjai Nawettan overseeing body.

During a behind -close-door session, its was unanimously agreed that for the final to be put off till next season Nawettan qualifiers and gate-takings be equally shared among the two teams.

If the final holds uninterrupted come next qualifiers, the league winner receives D20,000 with the league trophy and the runner-up bags D15,000.

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