Nearly 300 cautions in GFF top flight


By Sulayman Bah As the country’s top flight warms up to drawing to a close after months of active ball-kicking the soaring scale of bookings is just alarming.Once known for their unshakable penchant for free flowing football, Hawks players, GFF reveal, are the most ticked in referees’ books than rest of the ten other teams in the First Eco sponsored league. 292 is the combined figure of yellow cards with Hawks picking 21 out of that number –the highest in the championship. Most of the cards dished out emanates from tackles and protests over referee decisions. Hawks FC are looking to stay up in the division sitting sixth in the standings –only eight points above the relegation zone. While finishing the term on a decent note tops the club board’s agenda, gaffer Sang Ndong will undoubtedly be wary of the rate at which his charges are picking up cards. Interior FC shares top spot with Hawks in the most booked clubs of the league with Serrekunda United trailing in the duo’s wake at second-place on fifteen cautions. Hawks and Interior figures are no match to Blue Stars’ fourteen –who are the second division’s top card-raking club. Aside from the mouth-gaping figures over player bookings, statistics on the goal front somewhat makes a decent reading with one hundred and fifty-eight (158) goals scored in ninety-six (96) games. Emil Sambou, Yahya Ndong, Mustapha Njie and Famara Jarju from Armed Forces FC, Gamtel, Bombada and Real de Banjul respectively top scored with each on six goals in eighteen matches. Below is a break down of the leagues stats First Division:                              Second division Matches played 96                          Matches played    49 Wins:                58                            Wins                  : 37 Draws:            38                            Draws                  : 12 Goal scored      158                        Goals scored        : 153 Yellow Cards    292                        Yellow Cards        : 153 Red Cards          17                          Red Cards              :  5]]>