Fadera is on target as Genk loses to Anderlecht.

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by Baboucarr Fallaboweh 

Gambian foreign-based players wrapped up the year with mixed results, as 5% of the players will be involved in Boxing Day matches before teaming up for Nations Cup preparations in Saudi Arabia.

Belgium

KRC Genk lost 2-1 away at Anderlecht. Alieu Fadera gave the visitors the lead in the 70th minute with a volley, but Leoni and Dreyer led the comeback for the hosts by scoring each in the 75th minute and 90+1 minutes. This was Fadera’s second goal in 22 appearances all season for the Smurfs.

Genk will host Antwerp on boxing day, as they sit in seventh place with 31 points. Fadera has started Genk’s last four matches.

England

Cardiff picked up their ninth win of the season in their 2-1 away victory against Sheffield on Wednesday. The Bluebirds are in 10th place, amassing 33 points after match day 23. Adams, who played 90 minutes against Hull City, was introduced in additional minutes as he replaced Yaks. Goals from Karlan Grant and Kion Etete earned City three points against the Owls.

Jacobs Mendy played as a right-back in a 2-0 Welsh derby win over Newport County. The Red Dragons finally got their revenge, with the Exiles spoiling their promotion hopes in 2013 and thumping them in the FA Cup Second Round Replay in 2018.

Stockport County edged Notts County 2-1 as Stockport maintained their six-point lead. Ibou Touray played full throttle.

Turkey

Modou Barrow returned from injury to feature in Sivasspor’s last three league matches, including their 1-0 win over Istanbulspor. The on-loan wing player from Al Ahli lasted 84 minutes in what was his 10th league appearance. Rey Manaj handed the host the lead in the 86th minute.

Omar Colley was on target for Beşiktaş in their 3-1 defeat to Alanyaspor on Thursday. Colley is now a joint league top scorer, scoring four goals for Besiktas and seven goals in 2023 for the club and country.

Saudi Arabia

Al Taawoun was handed their fourth defeat of the season in their 3-1 home defeat against Al Fateh. Barrow was a handful against Al-Ettifaq. The former Atalanta striker has been playing in the right-wing position.

Muhammed Badamoesi has been without a goal in the Saudi Pro League’s last seven games, and Al Hazem’s struggle continues. Al Hazem has now lost eight out of the 18 matches played following their 4-0 defeat to Al Ahli.

Senegal

The top-of-the-table clash ended in a 0-0 draw between Jaraaf and Teungueth FC. Lie Kah was handed a start for the visitors, while Youssou Sayang replaced Omar Fall in the second half.

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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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