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By Sulayman Bah Chaos was what disrupted the Saturday’s event after fans crossed theGambien ( left ) and Hoyentan (right) security lines to besiege the arena leading to the cancelation of Hoyentan-Gambien thrilling combat.The grand combat was supposed to be held after the end of the ceremonial mini-bouts when spectators, disturbed by the low lights, penetrated security lines en mass to get a closer view of the two wrestlers who were about to square off. The situation, which was chaotic, led to the delay of the fight as organisers attempted without success to negotiate the frenzied crowd -standing fifteen meters from the sacks – behind the lines. Prior to this, the rented flood lights went off umpteen times in most cases during other combats. Consequently, what could have been a thrilling grand face-off, was prematurely called off thus leaving some supporters disappointed. Stakeholders who spoke to Foroyaa Sport heaped the blame on the organisers –who were not immediately available for comment – for poor organization. However, others said it is the fans that are to blame as they should have maintained a reasonable distance to allow the contest to go ahead. Resurrecting a career is uncommon, but at a strange place and against an undefeated opponent, it might be uncertain to plunge in unknown waters and it was certainly Gambien’s determination not be deterred. Saturday’s occasion would have seen former Mohamed Ndao Tyson club Bul Faaleh’s disciple Gambien take to the arena for the first time after many years, in a bid to re-launch a career plunged into oblivion by a catalogue of defeats. The future of this contest is now uncertain unless current promoter Lamin Cham decides to re-stage the duel. Meanwhile, Serrekunda Mbolloh’s Jinneh Morry –once considered Gambia’s face of wrestling –has been declared winner after his arena opponent Flex left for hospital reportedly on treatment. Flex could not wrestle after he apparently sustained an eye injury. He was seen being attended to by arena medics. It is still unclear as to how he got injured as different stories are being speculated. However, the medics insisted that he was still fit enough to fight and thus declared Jinneh Morry the winner on refereeing decision after Flex failed to show up. Follow details of this storyline in our subsequent edition.]]>

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