Camara wins league and MVP award in Turkey


Gambian international amputee player Bubacarr Camara helped his side Mersin to secure promotion to the Turkish Super League after finishing the second tier as champions.

Camara, who can play in all three front lines, moved to Turkey in 2022 and has now fulfilled his dream of being a league winner. Last season, Mersin finished in third place and missed promotion, which saw Camara score five goals and provide four assists in his maiden professional career.

“I am happy to help the team win its first trophy and play in the highest league in the country. I have evolved a lot since I moved to Turkey. I can say I have lots of experience now, and I understand the rules more now.” He told Alkamba Times

Camara was leading the golden boot race, but now he is second with 12 goals and five assists. However, his impact and outstanding performance saw him crowned the Best Player of the League.

Camara emphasized that he is thrilled with the individual accolade.

“I have dreamt of winning such awards; it’s a fulfilment.”

Camara, who scored double figures this season, including a hattrick as well as five goals in a single match, will be hoping to join the Gambia national amputee team as they gear for the AAFCON 2024 to be hosted in Egypt between April 19 to 28. The Gambia national team went to camp on Monday, March 25th.

“With my experience, I am hoping I will be able to join the team very soon. I am hoping that we will reach very far.” Camara noted.

The Gambia Amputee team is drawn against Ghana, Algeria, and Ghana in Group C.

Camara has five caps, with the Gambia Amputee national team having led the front line in 2021 in Tanzania.

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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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