Crunch FA Cup semifinals set for Monday as Coaches speak ahead of the buildup



Three Division One teams together with one Ssecond division side will square off on Monday for a final spot of this years FA cup. Giant Killers Steve Biko will take on Medina at the Goal Project while Team Rhino host TMT at the Serekunda East Mini stadium. Rhino beat Marimoo post penalty shootout to reach their first semifinal of the FA cup, while Medina FC also edged Waa Banjul 5–4 on penalties.

The last time Steve Biko won the FA Cup was back in 2000 and their current form might suggest that Bakau willl bring home their 3rd prestigous trophy.

Alieu Jagne Medina Fc Coach

“Medina FC is a young team, there’s is enough motivation within the team, there’s is talent within the group. It’s a team that will grow, not today for sure. The target of the team was to stay in the second division, and if we had a chance in the playoff, we would take it. The FA Cup is a big game for us, we are unlucky in the sense that we are only meeting with First Division clubs, but again, if  you want to lift the trophy, you have to beat the best. We are preparing ourselves. They are not used to the hectic schedule, playing three games within seven days, which is rare to them. As a coach, together with the technical team and executives we are trying to manage and see how best to motivate them so that they can concentrate  on the game , it will be a tough clash because Biko are in form.”

Alieu  won the coveted trophy as a player for Hawks twice and was the assistant coach when Hawks beat Real de Banjul 7-6 on penalties in 2016/2017

Adnan Moussa Steve Biko Coach

The FA Cup is something big to me. The message is clear: if we don’t finished 2nd or 3rd, it’s a bad season, and there is the FA Cup; if we don’t reach the finals too, it’s a bad season.That’s the target we set in the second round, we have been working towards it; it’s not about being in form; it’s about setting the targets and trying to work towards it.

I took charge of the team when it was already relegated; I was partly there as a caretaker coach. I finished sixth on two occasions, and on the third try, we made the playoff and got promoted back to the First Division. When I came to the First Division, my first season we finished third; last season we finished 11th, which wasn’t good.”

Abdoulie Nyang, assistant coach of TMT

“It’s our first time being in the FA Cup; we are preparing in all aspects; it’s total commitment; that’s why we reached this far, and we are ready for everything. Our game against Team Rhino won’t be an easy game, but we are going by all means to win that game; we are hungry.”

Yunusa Badjie, TEAM Rhino FC coach

“We played against TMT twice already and all ended up in a goalless draw, making the semi-final tie a critical one. Our game against TMT is one step to the final; we will give everything. FA Cup was our target and finishing high in the league, getting more points than last season. We knew our game against Marimoo couldn’t be easy because they are fighting for recognition.

Wallidan are the defending champions of FA and record holders with 24 on their name.

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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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