Defiant champions Gunjur are through to the quarter-finals
The defiant defending champions, Gunjur have booked a place in the quarter-finals of the 2017 FIBank Super Nawettan. A 1-0 win in their final group game against Lamin yesterday evening in Brikama, ensured the champions are guaranteed a place in the next round of the three-week-long competition, the lone goal from Yusupha Janneh, known to some as Del Pierro secured the victory. The champions have already demonstrated real defiance in their search to retain their title, after winning two of their three group games and drawn one. They started this year's competition with a goalless draw against Bakau in their opening match, a game many believe they should've won, having wasted a host of chances. Yesterday's win is the 5th consecutive win for the team in their last six games in this competition, dating back to the emphatic 3-1 victory over Brikama in last season's quarter-final. The Dabanani boys will now face either the Group C winner or Runner-up, which includes Serekunda East, Kombo East and Brufut, both of whom are invovled in today's games, if they remain on top of group A, which is dependent on the outcome of the rescheduled Lamin versus Bakau game on Sunday. A win for Bakau by more than three goals without a reply from Lamin will see them top the group on goal difference, which Gunjur currently leads with 7 points and 4 goals. Gunjur's recent dominance in the biggest community football in The Gambia, is largely credited to the youthful dynamics of their team, which is endowed with pace, resilience and footballing intuition right accross the team. The promotoon of the game in Gunjur and the recent introduction of youth academies within the town also seem to be playing their part in widening the talent pool at the disposal of the Kombo South team. One of these talent nurseries, is the academy run by the Gunjur Inclusion project, the GIP Academy, which was established in December 2016, with the aim to complement the efforts of Gunjur Sports Committee in development of grassroots football, and to render a helping hand towards the general development of the game in Gunjur.
The initiative is also targeted to help give young players the exposure needed in their development, but also as a means to help them keep focus and desist from the many other bad social vices prevailing in societies today. And by the look of things at present, it could only get better.