By: Foday Manneh

The return of the Gambia Armed Forces (GAF) Basse Camp football team to the Basse Subzone football championship ended in agony as they lost 2 – 0 to Gambisara United in the finals at the Basse Mini-stadium.

The last appearance of the GAF Upper River Region team nicknamed “Barrack boys” in this competition ended in a defeat as they lost to Gambana – another Gambisara team in the 2019 season.

A massive crow filled the stands of the Basse Mini-stadium to cheer behind their respective sides. But, the football on view doesn’t match the impressive atmosphere as it was merely a slow affair between the two sides in the entire first period that ends in a stalemate goalless.

The halftime team talks proved crucial as both sides injected life into the game that help them to create and squandered several scoring opportunities.

Both teams were not willing to let it lose so easily and after 59 minutes of football Gambisara United succeeded in penetrating a resolute GAF defence as Hagie Trawally nodded a diving header into the roofs of the net to put his team on the ascendancy.

At that time barracks, boys knew there was still everything to play as they keep pushing hard for an equaliser but they were punished for leaving gaps at the back as Gambisara exploited with a brilliant counter attack which saw the technically gifted Lasanna Kanuteh loop the ball over the Armed Forces’ goalkeeper to give his team a decisive 2 – 0 win on the 89th minute. And the final whistle which was greeted with wild celebrations by Gambisara supporters followed soon after.

In the decoration ceremony, Kuteh Jombul of Basse Manneh Kunda who won third place were given fifteen thousand dalasis (D15,000) and GAF as runners-up pocketed D25,000, while the Gambisara United were decorated with a giant trophy and a cash price of D45,000

This marks the end of the 4th edition of the Basse Subzone football tournament and Gambisara United were the team who had the last laugh.

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Sainey M.K. Marenah
Mr. Sainey M.K. Marenah is a Prominent Gambian journalist, founding editor The Alkamba Times and formerly head of communications at the Constitutional Review Commission (CRC) and Communications and PR Consultant for The Gambia Pilot Program, under Gamworks. Mr. Marenah served as the Social media Strategist and Editor at Gambia Radio and Television Services. He is also the Banjul Correspondent for Voice of America Radio. Sainey is a human rights and developmental journalist who has carved a strong niche particularly in new media environments in the Gambian media industry. Mr. Marenah began his career as a junior reporter with the Point Newspaper in the Gambia in 2008 and rose through the ranks to become Chief correspondent before moving to The Standard Newspaper also in Banjul as Editorial Assistant and head of News. He is a household name in the Gambia’s media industry having covered some of the most important stories in the former and current government. These include the high profile treason cases including the Trial of Former military chiefs in Banjul in 2009 to 2012. Following his arrest and imprisonment by the former regime of President, Yahya Jammeh in 2014, Marenah moved to Dakar Senegal where he continues to practice Journalism freelancing for various local and international Media organization’s including the BBC, Al-Jazeera, VOA, and ZDF TV in Germany among others. He is the co-Founder of the Banjul Based Media Center for Research and Development; an institution specialized in research and development undertakings. As a journalist and Communication Expert, focused on supporting the Gambia's transitional process, Mr Marenah continues to play a pivotal role in shaping a viable media and communications platform that engages necessary tools and action to increase civic participation and awareness of the needs of transitional governance to strengthen the current move towards democratization. Mr. Marenah has traveled extensively as a professional journalist in both Europe, Africa and United States and attended several local and international media trainings.


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