Champions League history makers started on the bench over the weekend

By: Baboucarr Fallaboweh
The Alkamba Times wraps up how Gambian foreign-based players fared abroad over the weekend.
Week 51 saw Ebrima Colley and Yankuba Minteh starting from the bench in their club’s massive win in their respective leagues. The latter was not involved in Feyenoord’s 4-0 win over Heracles.  
Stockport County’s huge win highlighted Ibou Touray’s contribution as he registered two assists against Sutton. Touray, who missed the Scorpion’s last two matches, has now provided six assists in 14 league matches in the English League Two. The Hatters have now taken a six-point advantage lead.  
 Ten-men Wrexham AFC edged Colchester United 2-1 as Jackob Mendy played the full throttle at the STōK Cae Ras. 
Swindon suffered their third home defeat of the season on Saturday afternoon, losing 3-0 to Barrow. Kian Spence, Sam Foley, and James Chester scored for the visitors. Saidou Khan was named the man of the match.  
Bakery Jatta has now taken his goal involvement to six. (3 goals & 3 assists) in 16 Bundesliga 2 games. This came after Hamburg’s 2-0 win over FC Nürnberg at the Max-Morlock-Stadio. Glatzel chested down Jatta’s cross and picked out the far corner for 1-0 in the 81st minute.  
Ebrima Colley wasn’t involved in the St Gallen match and only played 17 minutes in Young Boy’s 3-1 win over FC Stade-Lausanne-Ouchy. Last week, Colley became the first Gambian to score in the UEFA Champions League. Before Saturday’s match, he had started the league’s previous matches.  
Susso Bamba
Susso Bamba handed NK Aluminij a crucial victory after scoring the lone goal in the match against NK ROGAŠKA in the Slovenian Premier League on Saturday. Bamba started 11 out of the 16 league matches as NK Aluminij sits on 8th with 18 points.  
Alieu was on target in Pegia’s emphatic 8-0 win against Ermis Aradippou in the Cyprus Second division. The former Falcons winger was out injured; this is his third league match.  
On Friday, Lamin Jallow scored for CR Belouizdad in their 1-1 draw against Ben Aknoun. The former US Salernitana 1919 player had a goal overturned by VAR.  
Mohammed Sawaneh was handed his first season start for ZED FC following their 2-1 win over Farco. Sawaneh has played seven league matches.  
Alieu Jatta’s versatility continued as he helped El Gouna FC. He played in the defensive midfield position in his side’s 3-2 win over National. The Gambian international had 78% accurate passes, three clearances, two interceptions, and two aerial duels won in 89 minutes.  

Gambian’s European competition continued as James Gomez, Ebrima Colley, and Yankuba Minteh learned their fate for the UEFA EUROPA LEAGUE Knockout rounds Playoffs. The first legs will be played on 15 February at 18:45 and the second on 22 February at 18:45. Feyenoord will play AS Roma, Young Boys will play Sporting, and Sparta Praha will play Galatasaray.  

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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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