The Grouping for the 2016 Super Nawettan, better known as “Zonal” was held yesterday (Tuesday) at the Football House in Kanifing.
At the grouping ceremony, Group A comprise of the defending champions SK West, SK Central, Lamin, Brikama, BEM and Manjai.
Group B comprised last year’s runners-up Sukuta, SK East, Brufut, Bakau, Gunjur and Banjul.
The draw was meant to determine the grouping of zones ahead of the start of 2016 championship slated for 8th October.
The proposed venues for games at the time were, Banjul, SK West, SK East, Manjai, Banjul, Box Bar mini stadium and Independence Stadium.
The Super Nawettan still remains as the most watch and cherished football tournament in The Gambia providing so many surprises, on and off the pitch.
Ba Jabbi, chairman of the Organizing Committee opened the ceremony by applauding the members of the press for their critical role in the hosting of the previous editions.
He assured that this year’s championship is going to be different with 3rd and 4th places determine.
According to him, the semi final and final will be held at the Independence Stadium in Bakau.
“We are also working together with the Sports Journalists’ Association (SJAG) to host a Miss Super Nawettan on the final of the championship,” Jabbi inform the press.
Pamodou Faal, Secretary General of the Super Nawettan Organising Committee said the tournament is set to start on the 8th October and will last for three weeks.
12 Zones are going to take part, but a particular zone that will not play home games, according to Faal, is Brikama Zonal Team following their last year’s ban, which was later lifted by the committee.
He therefore, urged on zonal sports committees to advised their fans and players to maintain high sense of discipline during the tournament.
Bakary B Baldeh is the Publicity and Marketing Officer at the GFF. He reaffirmed his office’s support to the successful staging of the competition.
The super nawettan, he said is a product of GFF but outsource to an Organising committee.
He concludes that FIrst International Bank is going to sponsor the tournament.
The participation of SK Central was an issue that was raised by the members of the media as the Zone is yet to kick a ball in this year’s Nawettan season.
by Alieu Ceesay &
Arfang MS Camara