Alasana Manneh and Adama Sidibeh are heroes in survival for Odense and St. Johnstone

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Week 21 of the Gambian foreign-based players saw mixed reactions as Alasana Manneh’s opener helped Odense Bk to be in pole position for survival whereas Adama Sidibeh’s fifth goal, which was his third on the bounce helped St. Johnstone’s to get the much-needed three points at the Fir Park

France

Both Saikou Touray and Abdoulie Sanyang were involved in Grenoble’s 3-1 home defeat against  Amiens. Bamba played  full throttle while Saikou Touray replaced Benet in the 69th minute. Benet’s eighth goal of the season gave GF38 the lead, but the visitor’s came out strongly in the second half and scored three goals as GF38 finished 11th in Ligue 2.

In Ligue 1, Reims beat Rennes 2-1 as Metz lost at home against champions PSG. However Metz Fc have  secured the promotion playoff as Metz spot. Ablie Jallow, who is linked with a move to GAA Gent, didn’t feature in the match, nor did Adama Bojang for Reims.

Turkey

Following Besiktas 2-2 draw against Hatayspor, they are now two points adrift of the European spot with 56 points after 37 matches. Colley returned from suspension to play 90 minutes in the duel.

Ali Sowe went five games without a goal as Ankaragucu drew 2-2 against Pendikspor. Sowe lasted for 73 minutes, as MEK currently sits in 16th place with 40 points.

Scotland

Adama Sidibeh got five goals as the Gambian found the back of the net in St. Johnstone’s last three league matches. St. Johnstone needed three points against Motherwell, and Adama doubled the visitor’s lead with a clever header.

Denmark

Odense BK is banging and hanging their hoped on the former La Masia Academy graduate, Alasana Manneh. The Gambia midfielder provided the assist against Hvidovre and went on to score against Randers. Now Odense need to beat Viborg on the final day and hope Lygnby loses to maintain 3F Superliga status.

Horsens are on a seven-game unbeaten run following their 1-1 draw against B93. Alagaie Saine only started one of the last seven games and came from the bench; that was the case on Sunday.

Estonia

Paide are hanging on to the second position following another crucial victory against Tammeka. The vice captain Ebrima Jarju made seven crucial saves, which earned him a spot in the Team of the Week for the fourth time this season.

Saudi Arabia

Al Taawoun welcome back their star player, Musa Barrow, who was out injured with a knee problem. The Gambia and former Atalanta and Bologna forward played 16 minutes in Al Taawoun 1-0 win over ninth-placed Al Shabab. Barrow was close to doubling Al Taawoun’s lead only for his strike hit the woodwork.

Already relegated, Al Hazem drew 1-1 against Al Riyadh 1, with Mohammed Badamoesi playing the full throttle.

UAE

Alfusainey Gassama returned to Masfout to hunt his former club as the former Hawks midfielder doubled Dibba FC lead in the 79th minute in what was his 19th goal of the season.

CAF Competition

The first leg of the CAF Champions League, featuring Esperence and Al Ahly, ended in a draw. Kebba Sowe was an unused substitute in the tie. The Gambian have played five matches and found the back of the net once.

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Baboucarr Fallaboweh
Baboucarr Fallaboweh Sports Editor (Buba Jallow Fallaboweh) is a Gambian football expert, football analyst & columnist. The Stockholm-based Journalist is a media officer, football Scout, PR, Influencer and Digital creator. I started my journalism career as a football analyst in 2012 with Vibes FM and went on to work with CityLimit, West Coast, Hot FM, Freedom Radio, Eye Africa and Afri Radio as a content producer and presenter. In 2013, I attended Football Daily on the BBC SPORTS where we discussed the different styles of Football played in Africa. I Went on to freelance for The Point Newspaper, Freedom Newspaper, Daily Observer and Standard Newspaper before being appointed as Sports Editor with the Alkamba Times in March 2022.  I have worked for Magazines like Glo Magazine and Foot54 covering Gambian football and African Football.   Between 2020 -2021 I worked as a scout for the Gambia Football Federation, scouting talents for the U17 &U20.  From 2017 to 2021, I served as Media officer for GFF First division teams Team Rhino and Marimoo and also as media Officer of Banjul FC, fourth Division tier in Sweden and Darboe’s FC (Female second division club in the Gambia). I served as a PR for Superstars Academy.   With Afrencon, I was a data analyst before I joined LightHouse as a head scout for the Gambia project. In organizational structures, I served as the ambassador of the John Bass Kidney Foundation and one of the founders of the foundation creating kidney awareness in the Gambia.   I also served two positions in the Gambian organization in Sweden, as Sports chairman and the secretary of the associations.   After 12 years of being a football journalist, I was named 3rd best sports column writer in Africa year 2021 by the reputable sports media organization AIPS. I finished in the top 35 in the world with my article titled Back way: Gambian footballers in deadly Voyage to Europe.   With over 500 articles and interviews, analysis, profiling, features and news, I was shortlisted for the Gambia Press Union National Journalist Award 2022. I submitted the article which was co-written alongside Momodou Bah From Living Through Despair to Being An Agent Of Hope, The Inspiring Story Of John Bass.   I have served as an advisers to Football academies, clubs, and players and others. I have hosted dozens of shows and was invited as a guest on both radio, TV and the online press. I also covered the Gambia's maiden AFCON debut in 2021 in Cameroon.  

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