Defending Champions Wallidan and top guns knocked out in round 32 of the FF Cup

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Wallidan FC, who are the defending champions of the FF Cup were beaten by BK Milan. Wallidan took the lead through Alieu Gibba in the fifth minute. The Bakau-based team reacted quickly in the 11th minute through Matarr Ceesay, before Ousman Ceesay doubled the lead in the 44th minute.

The Wallidan defeat was preceded by that of Real de Banjul, the league-defending champions. The white boys found themselves behind following Sainey Bojang’s opener. Real salvaged a draw through debutant Alasan Saidy’s header in the 85th minute, forcing the tie to go to penalties with Brikamas net-minder Seedy Sillah saving Baboucarr Touray’s shot.

Eight matches needed penalty shootouts, with Marimoo knocking out Fortune 4-3 and Team Rhino beating Bombada 4-2 on penalties following a barren draw within 90 minutes of action. BST Galaxy’s 2-2 draw against Kanifing East, which was coach Amat Cham’s last game before being sacked, saw BST book their ticket to the round of 16 after a penalty shootout. Medina FC, who lost 2-1 to Hart FC three weeks ago, ended Hart’s dream after sending home the Jarra Soma-based team via penalties in Jarra.

Lamin Sillah’s solitary goal was enough for the giant killers to seal the round of 16 berth, while the Blue Armies (Falcons) beat GAF 3-1 courtesy of a Mustapha Touray brace and a Saikou Jatta penalty.

RS Tallinding, the Gambia Dutch Lions, Wagadu, and Unique Global all booked their tickets at the expense of Serekunda United, Jarra West, Hawks, and GPA. Omar Sonko’s goal gave TMT a much-needed victory against Greater Tomorrow.

The round of 16 will start on April 2, 2024.

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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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