By Pa Furmus Correa
A high flying Wallidan side will take a trip to the Capital to take on relegation threaten and boosted Greater Tomorrow (GTFA) in an exciting Gambia Football Federation (GFF) first division league fixture at the Banjul KG5 park at 4pm. Tomorrow’s clash will be part of the matches that will drop the curtains on match day 16.
Wallidan experienced a deserving 4th finish last season. Tipped for another season-long fight in the top 4 of the table, the Blue Boys started the new league season with 3 points forfeiting to Gamtel.
GTFA who enjoyed a remarkable achievement in GFF’s last season’s second division league are still finding it difficult to settle in the men’s league (first division) despite successfully finishing second in the boys league (second division) last season.
Underperforming GTFA are staring down the barrel of a back-to-back GFF first division league defeats for the first time since February 2023 and maintaining the bottom spot after PSV Wellingara move above.
GTFA the April 6th hosts’ uneventful showing combined with their recent record against Wallidan suggests Sheriff Mankajang men could have a long evening on Wednesday 19th April 2023.
GTFA have not only lost their first ever match against Wallidan; they succumbed to a goal defeat without scoring during the match span. Another potential loss here without scoring would see GTFA set an unwanted piece of history having never failed to score in two successive meetings with Wallidan in their history.
Coming into this fixture, GTFA have been scoring for fun in their last 5 matches scoring 6 goals, conceding 7 goals and picking up only one win while Wallidan enjoy 3 wins in a row, scoring 6, and conceding 3. The high profile acquisition of Bully Drammeh, Abubacarr Touray (Klose) and Momodou Jallow (Zaka) for GTFA could change the stats for them as they are tipped to be making their debuts.
Wallidan have seemingly grown tired of lagging behind Real De Banjul following consecutive fourth-place GFF first division league finishes. The ever present Abdoulie Manneh and Mohammed Sarr in front of goal have helped the Blue Boys send a message to other GFF league prize competitors that they are still in the midst of the race.
Beating GTFA could spice up the race even more after leaders Falcons were held to a 1-1 draw against Team Rhino and leaving room for Wallidan to pounce on and reduce the gap to 2 points after current second place Real De Bjl shortened it to 3 points.
The match on paper appears bright for Wallidan and perhaps will aim to wrap it up in style knowing the first leg yielded a goal-margin win. But it is worth noting that GTFA have reinforced in some departments and could spoil the party on paper for Wallidan.
Wallidan’s Abdoulie Manneh is one of the players to watch out for as his lone goal separated the two sides the last time the two met. For GTFA the players to keep eyes on are second round signings plus goal scorer Abdoulie Baldeh.