By Pa Barrow
The table-toppers of The Gambia Football Federation national division one league, Real De Banjul failed to extend their lead at the top of the table as they were held to a one all draw by struggling Samger FC in matchday 9 of the GFF division one league played at the FIFA goal project in Yundum.
Samger opened the scoring in the 10th minute through playmaker Ousman Jagne who beat past his marker before slotting the ball into the right corner to give his side an early lead.
Thereafter, the city Real huff and puff for an equalizer but could not break the resolute Samger defence line throughout the first half as Samger headed into the locker room with a one-nil advantage.
Upon resumption, city boys Real De Banjul continued their dominance as they continued their search for an equalizer. Striker Babucarr Jallow came close and squandered from close range much to the dismay of coach Bai Malley Wadda who was left frustrated on the touchline.
However, on the 58th minute, Real De Banjul found their way back into the game with an equalizer through centre back David Sambou whose powerful header from Salifu Colley’s free-kick was enough to salvage a point for his side.
Coach Elhagie Sey, the man leading Samger, expressed delight with his side’s performance throughout the game.
“We should have easily won this game looking at our performance, especially during the first-half but the boys were a little bit nervous and gave our opponent more respect by allowing them to enjoy the possessions which made it more difficult for us. However, a point from this game is not bad because we will go back and better prepare ourselves for our subsequent matches” Sey stated.
Former Gambian International Bai Malley Wadda the coach for Real could said he wasn’t happy with the performance.
“I think we have ourselves to blame for not winning this game. We created a couple of clinical chances to win the game but failed to capitalise on them. Another concern that needs to be addressed as soon as possible is why we are always conceding early goals in most of our matches recently. It is always difficult to come from a goal down and win a match looking at the conditions of our pitches,” Wadda highlighted.