The draw for the Super Nawettan took place Saturday when officials of the organising committee met to discuss this year’s tourney which kicks off on November 24. Alongside the draw, the committee also discussed many aspects of the biggest national football championship including the much-dreaded incidences of violence that has become the only blemish to this much loved tourney.
According to sources within the committee, many representatives raised the need for all possible means to be deployed to wipe out all possibilities of violence.
Among the measures highlighted, said our source, is the need for quality refereeing, sensitisation of players, officials and fans to keep order and accept competition rules.
The committee also welcomed the decision by the GFF to push the starting date of the tourney to November 24.
It was also agreed that more meetings especially with key stakeholders such as the referees should be conducted as frequently as possible.
This year’s draw makes interesting reading with defending champions SK West having to deal with Brufut from the West coast fellow KMC outfits and the much-feared Manjai as well as city Boys Banjul among others. Unless they double their luck of last year, Serekunda West could fall in the first hurdle in their title defense.
West Coast giants Brikama can breathe a sigh of relief that nemesis Brufut is not on their path in the first hurdle but the very mention of Bakau would sent chills down their spines. The two are in the same pot as Niumi part-timers BEM while Gunjur and Sukuta would renew their noisy cousin rivalry in the same group. Serekunda East too will be there to plot a comeback to the podium in this tourney in which they had such a rich history.