Football: Controversy mars Gunjur Nawettan Fixtures
Delegates and GSC members at the draw
The draw for Gunjur summer club football competition popularly called nawettan was held, but with a controversy surrounding a slot as a single team has registered twice.Black Star F.C of Berending village a team whose participation in this season's Gunjur nawettan has been under scrutiny was represented by two different individuals, both of whom paid the registration fee for Black Star.
However, the two individuals were not truly representing Black Star, but were each sitting on behalf of their respective teams - Under Lion F.C and Smiling Coast F.C who they received money from to buy the slot reserved for Black Star. Addressing the issue, the representative of Smiling Coast Malangnding Jatta produced a letter addressed to Gunjur Sports Committee which he alleged is from Berending Sports Committee. The letter indicated that Black Star cannot take part in this season's Gunjur nawettan due to financial constraints and are therefore giving Black Star's position to Smiling Coast F.C. He said Smiling Coast FC have paid money to the community of Berending for the slot of Black Star while Under Lion paid to an individual. For his part, Buba Drammeh representing Under Lion said Black Star are not a community team. It's a football club which he said are not owned by Berending Sports Committee nor by the officials of the team.
Discussions on way forward about the Berending issue
Speaking on the issue, members of Gunjur Sports Committee said they will leave the slot vacant pending a discussion with the officials of Black Star F.C. This years Gunjur nawettan will feature sixteen (16) teams but as it stands, fifteen (15) teams are divided into four groups. Teams in each group will play each other in a group round format with the top two in each group progressing to the knock out phase. Group A: Consists of the reigning league champions Reliance F.C, Gamrock, Halifax and new comers The-Pub F.C from Siffoe village.
Group B: Features the knock out cup holders Red Star F.C, CommIT, Sibindinto F.C and another newly promoted side Blaness F.C.
Group C: The group with an undecided slot contains three teams at the moment, Kundembo F.C, Ajax, Santos F.C.
Group D: Consists of Dunnes F.C (Nyofelleh village), Solid Properties, F.C Bax and new comers Orlando F.C also from Siffoe village. The competition is set to start on Sunday 3rd September 2017 with Reliance taking on Red Star in the season opener at Gunjur Nyamina football field.