6 February 2013

Gambia: Pressure Mounts On Gambia Armed Forces' El Hadji Sey

Pressure is mounting on Gambia Armed Forces coach El Hadji Sey after his side failed to secure a single point from their opening three rounds of the domestic Gambian premier league football competition.

The 2003 Gambian champions have lost all three of their matches so far this season coupled with a dismal performance at the 2012 African Military Championship in Ivory Coast which has seen pressure mounting on the Senegalese-born coach.

But despite the dismal start to the season, Sey remains hopeful that he will turn the corner with the same team that pushed eventual winners Real de Banjul all the way in the title race last year.

In the latest defeat following a 1-0 loss to defending champions and run away leaders Real, Sey believes his side will eventually recover from their poor start to the season and says speculation surrounding his future with the club is premature.

"We have not come to that yet. This is coaching, you the journalists are used to asking these questions when a coach loses like three matches in a row. I have come to work and this is coaching. Anything that happens [about my job] it will not surprise me (though)," he stated.

It is the worst start to a season for the Khaki Boys but their conquerors Real are enjoying their best start with three straight wins while they are yet to concede a goal so far this season. They top the standings with a maximum nine points.

In other week three games at the weekend, 2011 champions Brikama United secured their first win of the season with a last grasp 1-0 defeat of FA Cup winners Gamtel at the Box Bar Mini-Stadium. Gamtel were reduced to ten-men in the 75th minute following the dismissal of Captain Matarr Nyan that paved the way for Brikama's 88th minute winner. Brikama is on five points.

Hawks also secured their first win of the season following a 1-0 scalp of Young Africans at the Serekunda East Mini-Stadium. The game's only goal was scored by skipper Dawda Ceesay with a penalty on the stroke of half-time when defender Abdoulie Njie was sent off for a deliberate handball in the area in the 45th minute.

In a battle between the newly promoted sides, Ebrima Manneh's Interior FC and Sea view played out a nail biting goalless stalemate while the Cherno Samba Academy (Samger) were beaten 3-1 by Steve Biko at the KG5 Mini-Stadium in Banjul.

Gambia Ports Authority also secured their second win of the campaign with a 3-1 defeat of Bakau United in a game played at the Box Bar Mini-Stadium in Brikama.

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