League and Super Cup champions Real de Banjul will begin the defence of their title with a Banjul derby against Hawks after the fixtures for the 2013 first division football league season was released by the Gambia Football Association on Wednesday.
Real's game at the KG5 Mini-Stadium in Banjul on Saturday 19th January will be one of three games in the opening day of the domestic football season. This year's league will be named after telecommunication giants Gamtel and Gamcel with the duo having provided a lucrative sponsorship package for the competition.
The second game on Saturday willbe between Bakau United and Gambia Armed Forces at the Serekunda East Mini-Stadium while the final game of the day will see Brikama United host Young Africans at the Box Bar Mini-Stadium.
Back-to-back FA Cup winners Gamtel will start their challenge for the title on Sunday when they come up against Steve Biko at the KG5 Mini-Stadium in Banjul while Samger entertain newly promoted Seaview at the Serekunda East Mini-Stadium. Gambia Ports Authority and another newly promoted side, Interior, will also face off at the Box Bar Mini-Stadium in Brikama the same day.
Week two of the championship will see Real again opening the weekend with a game against giant killers Steve Biko at the KG5 Mini-Stadium on Saturday 26th January. Gambia Armed Forces and Gamtel will battle it out in a Banjul derby at the Box Bar Mini-Stadium while Hawks and newly promoted Seaview will also battle it out at the Serekunda East Mini-Stadium.
Bakau United will trade tackles with Young Africans on Sunday 27th January, at the Serekunda East Mini-Stadium while Brikama United will play Interior. The final game of the week will see the Cherno Samba Academy outfit, Samger, face the challenge of Gambia Ports Authority at the KG5 Mini-Stadium in Banjul.