The defending champions of the Gambia Football Association Premier League, Gambia Port Authority (GPA) started their title defence with a win over Africell FC on Wednesday 9th March, 2011 at the Father Gough Sport Complex in Manjai Kunda.
GPA bounces back with a 1-0 win over Africell after 72 hours of loosing the Super Cup to Gamtel on Sunday 6th March.
GPA’s Sam Gibba scored the only goal of the encounter just 13 minutes into the game.
Africell did come close with Morlie Keita’s shot being denied only by the post a minute later.
With 9 minutes left in regulation time, GPA’s Foday Saidy hits a powerful side netting, and his opposite number, Africell’s Alieu Mbye saw his 85th minute shot flying over the cross bar.
In a post match interview, GPA Coach Peter Bonu Johnson heap praises on his goal scorer Sam Gibba, whom he described as a young player from South Gambia, Jambanjelly. He said the lad has been patient and working hard.
He is among many young players who joined GPA from the Non-League (Nawettan) and are building up with the opportunity given to them, Johnson said.
Coach Ousman Janneh of Africell argued that his side loss honorably and played down the result saying it is a matter of lack of concentration that Africell conceded a goal.
He denied being furious at having to loss his first match in the 2011 GFA League Season. Africell were promoted to the top tier of Gambian football last year, having relegated a year earlier.