By Sulayman Bah
The much anticipated combat, initially scheduled to be held at the StadeDembaDiop in Dakar, Senegal, could now be staged at the 30,000 capacity-seater Independence Stadium to give Gambian fans the taste of a live Senegalese wrestling match.
Negotiations to bring the fight to the Gambia had begun some months ago before an agreement was finally reached recently, according to a reliable source.
Gambia Wrestling Association, TFM’s Amina Porte, promoter Lamin Champion Sound’s Saf Connect and Banjul Night Live –both programmes aired over GRTS – are said to be involved in the negotiations.
The contest is slated for December 27th, four days before the New Year.
AmaBalde squares GouyeGui in the final of what initially was a four-man wrestling competition.
On the slated date of the duel, Ama, the Pikine-based wrestler, who had been on a run of victories, will be seeking revenge on GouyeGui, whom he lost to three years ago.
Ama is yet to taste defeat in the mini-tournament thus making it two wins in two outings.
On the night of the proposed date, Tapha Tine and Zoss will also cross daggers for the second best position.
Tapha Tine started on a high, turning GouyeGui to a punching bag but only to lose to AmaBalde on his second clash. The man from Club Baol is favoured to secure the bragging rights by pundits against a tricky character Zoss.
But for these crowd-pulling combats to happen, the ban imposed on Borreh Dorr needs to be first rescinded.
Borreh Dorr is a type of traditional wrestling mixed with physical blows which is most popular in neighbouring Senegal.
Its introduction resuscitated wrestling in Gambia amid widespread interest around the country before National Sports Council, without reasons, decided to ban it indefinitely in November last year.
Since then, pleas had been made to concerned authorities to reverse its ruling but without success.
This medium is also made to understand that a party is being dispatched by the organisers to meet with the relevant government authorities to reconsider bringing back Borreh Dorr