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By Sulayman Bah All roads lead to the Brikama’s much heralded Boxbar mini-stadium asEstante Sportive Setif Gambia’s Real de Banjul aims a dagger at visiting Algerian side Estante Sportive Setif tomorrow. Much has been said about this game. Not that it’s a meeting of top guns but one of intriguing fixture featuring the known and feared against the Gambian champions who could best be described minnows in the face of the North African club’s exploits. However, it was the same minnows of a side who last week had tongues wagging when they dumped Liberia’s domestic league kings Barrack Young Controllers out of the Champions League effectively taking advantage of suggestions to play an away match at home. A slender lone goal sent nestling to the back of the net by a Yankuba Jarju’s clattered effort wasn’t only decisive but renewed hopes of Gambian fans making club hierarchy dare to believe. But after such a feat, can Real de Banjul bolstered by the numerous signings, soil African club champions ESS’s title defending campaign by daring to pull off a shocker when the Algerians hit the Brikama mini-stadium? A cash-stabled club with a huge experience in the competition ESS won’t allow to be walked over by their hosts, a thing many agree to. But there’re still –also in the majority – a number of supporters of the strong conviction that Real for all their free flowing football can defy the odds. One thing though is clear, that won’t come without toiling. Already the battle lines have been drawn after decision to switch the match venue to Brikama – a ground known to court a plethora of football-struck enthusiasts to the brim. Last week Saturday’s game was witnessed by a paltry turn out at the Banjul KG5, and when the going gets tougher, Real could expect to be cheered by the massive crowd that would flock to Brikama.]]>

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