The race for the title of Gambian football started on Friday.  For the first time in history, 16 teams are in the fray in top-flight first division.

Last year, 14 teams played a 26-match league won by Farato’s Fortune FC but following the relegation of the bottom two, four earned promotion from the second division to make up the new 16-team first division league.

On the opening day, Friday, Brikama United drew nil- nil against Marimoo at Yundum. At night on the same day at the Independence Stadium, Waa Banjul and Gambia Armed Forces (GAF) fought a goalless draw while Gamtel beat promoted Samger 2-0.There was no action on Saturday but as we went to press last night, Team Rhino was marking its debut in the first division with a clash against Gambia Ports Authority at Yundum as Banjul United meets Hawks and Elite United taking on Wallidan.


The first week of the league ends tonight with Falcons meeting fellow promoted side Steve Biko and champions Fortune FC beginning their defence against Real de Banjul at the Independence Stadium.