Can Fortune FC beat Real de Banjul for this season’s title?



By Baboucarr Fallaboweh

The Alkamba Times sports brings Habib Faal, Muhammed Kebbeh (Space TV) & Malick Joof (Fish) to give analysis on run down to the title ahead of the season.


Real De Banjul are poised to defend their title this campaign. Many are having the thoughts that Fortune will put up a stiff competition for the City boys. There are few managerial changes with Ebrima Gibba set to lead Real de Banjul while Sarjo will lead Falcons in the Lamin Sanneh era. BST Galaxy & TMT are the new boys but they can learn few from Rhino whom since their promotion,  haven’t yet been relegated.


 Kebbeh who used to award player of the month as well as the leading goal scorers says the title is Real de Banjul’s to lose and his surprise package team is TMT.


“My favourite is Real de Banjul, they are the defending champions. They have lost two or three players that you know were fundamental with them last season. Alieu Gibba, Salifu Colley and Momodou Bojang. They have made some adjustments. For the 2nd position, I will go with Fortune FC. They are solid but they don’t have a goalscorer who will score goals. They don’t have anybody like Alieu Barry, they have strikers but not as deadly as Alieu Barry. When I saw Alieu Barry last season, I said Fortune would compete because he gives you 10+ goals and he ended up scoring 15 goals last season. Wallidan is always the favourite but once the tournament enters the critical stages, they loosen up. They have lost some key players too, and their new adjustment will help them.”  


 Habib Faal, a Gambian football analyst says BST, can beat any team in the league on any given day.

“Fortune FC will be a contender because of the players I saw around, and the experience within them. Real de Banjul has a side but they have lots of youngsters, who are not very matured yet. The core of the team is there in terms of the midfield and defence but the upper part of the field, they are lots of young players. I don’t know how things will going to pan out.” He emphasized


Will goals be a problem? Pa Barrow of Afri Radio doesn’t think so.


 “When you follow the nawettan and the test games we have some young potential strikers that are coming in. At the start of the season, it will be a struggle but along the way, we will have goals in the league, defenders and midfielders have also left it’s a vice versa thing.”



Fish bookmarks Real for back-to-back title.

“Looking at the structures of Real de Banjul, their coach and technical team and the players,  every year you expect them to win the league because it’s a huge team in the Gambia. It’s never been a pressure to win the league by force. Where they came from last season and snatched the league from Falcons and their structure as well as the investment they made in players speaks volumes. In terms of signings, they stand a better chance than anyone. “


 A coach can leave but the concept of a team is always there. Because with Falcons, since they built it, it is the same thing. when Giggs left Armed Forces and came to  Real de Banjul, all thought he would be a head coach, but the Estonian came. For Ebrima Gibba now it’s just continuity, If you look at Real de Banjul project, every player is motivated, they export players,  and have good training facilities. All these leads players to deliver. Real has depth compared to other teams.”  

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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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