Darboe, Barry, and Gassama on target as Adams inspires the Rams to Championship return


Gambian foreign-based players weekend 18 roundup saw Ebou Adams named Man of the Match in Derby County’s 3-0 win over Carlisle, while Dembo Darboe, Alieu Barry, and Alfusainey Gassama were all on target over the weekend.


Derby ended up with 92 points along the way as they secured automatic promotion from League One on Saturday afternoon after two seasons in the third tier.

Max Bird and James Collins scored the goals as Ebou Adams played full throttle; the Cardiff midfielder was awarded man of the match in his final game of the season.

The top-of the table clash between Wrexham and Stockport County ended 2-1 in favour of Wrexham. Evan’s goal in the 29th minute gave the hosts the lead. The visitors came back stronger in the second half, netting early and late to claim all three points on the day. Ibou Touray was introduced in the 73rd minute when he replaced Hippolyte at the STōK Cae Ras stadium.


Ebrima Darboe was an unused substitute in Sampdoria’s 1-1 draw against Como. The visitor’s had the lion’s share of possession and were dominant throughout the first half, creating goal-scoring opportunities; however, Fabio Borini broke the deadlock, and Como found the equalizer in the 82nd minutes through Patrick Cutrone.


Metz’s quests to maintain their Ligue 1 spot took another twist following their 2-1 defeat against third-place Lille. Ablie Jallow was among the substitutes who came on after the resumption of play by replacing Kerkhof in the 46th minute. Coach Christophe Marichez made another double change, but Metz failed to come back to the game.

Adama Bojang replaced Ito in the 75th minute in Reims 4-1 away defeat against Clermont. The former Steve Biko striker has now played seven league matches in the league.

In Ligue 2, Grenoble couldn’t repeat their brilliant performance, which saw them win Annecy, as they lost 2-0 away against a relegated Valenciennes. Saikou Touray was named in the starting XI, while Abdoulie Sanyang came in the second half, replacing Joseph in the 57th minute.


Club Brugge has now beaten Genk 7-0 on aggregate in the Belgium championship playoff. Alieu Fadera featured in both games starting the latter from the bench.


Fenerbache edged ten-man Besiktas 2-1 as Gambian captain Omar Colley played full throttle.

Rizespor and MEK Ankaragucu played a 2-2 draw in a game that Ali Sowe was involved.


Dembo Darboe scored his first goal for Ordabasy Shymkent in their 1-1 draw against Yelimay Semey. Darboe restored parity in the 13th minute when the host goalkeeper failed to grab the ball, landing at the mercy of Dembo’s foot, he made no mistake by getting the equaliser.


Vejle picked up a point following a series of defeats. Lynby took the lead through Atli Magnússon; however, Musa Juwara set up German Onugkha to find the equaliser in the 49th minute. Both Hamza Barry and Musa Juwara started the match, with the latter being a regular for coach Ivan Prelec.



Paide drew 1-1 against Trans. Paide are still in third place following Sunday’s draw. Ebrima Jarju has been handed a spot in the Premium Liiga Team of the Week once again. The former Real de Banjul skipper was first named in the team of the week on matchday 5. Paide Linnameeskond drew 1-1 against Narva Trans. Jarju saved another penalty; this time he saved Zakaria’s kick from the spot.


The Gambian derby between Rahmatgang and Fortis ended in favour of Pa Omar Babou and Omar Sarr. Pa Omar doubled the visitor’s lead and went on to miss a penalty. The 2-1 away win moved Fortis to sixth on the log.


Alfusainey Gassama scored his 16th league goal in Dibba FC’s 2-1 win over Al Arabi. Dibba has now moved to second place with 55 points.


Alieu Barry extended the lead in the 73rd minute, following Leao’s opener in the 51st minute. This was Barry’s second league goal in the Girabola Ligue 1. The 2-1 victory against FC Bravos do Máquis sent Clube Desportivo da Huila to sixth on the log.

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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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