By Sulayman Bah
Since it emerged that the two will be locking horns in The Gambia, announcing a face-to-face date has pressured organisers into delaying things as they contemplated naming an appropriate venue.
However, the wait is now over with December 12 picked as date for the wrestlers face-to-face.
A face-to-face is a platform organized and often televised, offered to the combating wrestlers to exchange views. Such avenue is staged by the promoting agent to build up hype and help market the duel before day of the contest.
The much anticipated combat was initially slated to be held at Senegal’s Stade Demba Diop before promoters decided to move it to Gambia.
This followed after GRTS, TNT, the country’s wrestling association and Lamin Champion Sound lobbied for the bout to be taken to Banjul to give Gambian fans taste of a live Senegalese wrestling match.
Negotiations to ensure materialization of bringing the fight in Gambia began months back before an agreement was brokered recently, according to a reliable source.
The contest is slated for December 27th, four days before turn of the year at the 30,000 capacity-seater Independence Stadium.
Ama Balde squares Gouye Gui in finals of what initially was a four-man wrestling competition.
On sanctioned date of the duel, the Pikine-based wrestler who’d been on a run of victories, will seek revenge on Gouye Gui whom he lost to three years ago.
Ama is yet to taste defeat in the mini-tournament making it two wins in two outings.
On night of the proposed date, Tapha Tine and Zoss will cross daggers for the second best position.
Tapha Tine started on a high turning Gouye Gui to a punching bag only to lose to Ama Balde on his second clash. The man from Club Baol is favoured to secure the bragging rights by pundits against a tricky character Zoss.