Gambia hoping to record AFCON double over Guinea  

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Omar Colley Picture by Adama Manneh

Gambia will play against Guinea on Friday, January 19 in the second match of group C in the ongoing AFCON 2023 with both teams needing a win.

The two side last met in Cameroon with Gambia winning courtesy Musa Barrow’s goal.  The game at Yammousoukro promises to be fireworks.

Guinea’s last seven matches includes a win against Guinea Bissau, Nigeria and 1-0 defeat against Botswana before their 1-1 draw with Cameroon.  

The two sides were dealt a blow in their opener as both teams receives red card in their respective games.

Sylli National skipper was sent off while Adams will be serving a two-match suspension. Noah Sonko might be slotted in that vacuum with Sulayman Marreh also available as an option.

The scorpions and Tom Saintfiet are celebrating the return of Ablie Jallow and Ebrima Colley who missed the opener against Senegal.  

 

Guinea on the other hand will welcome back in form striker Guirassy, Bayo and Naby Keita who was their top goal scorer in the qualifier scoring three out of their nine goals. The trio were unfit in their opener against Cameroon.  

 

Guinea is deeply struggling with the absence of powerful wingers since the departure of Razzagui Abdoul and Ibrahim Traore. The FC Arouca winger was dropped after accusing teammates of stealing his signed Vincius jersey.

 

Mohamed Bayo have gone six matches without a goal prior to finding the back of the net against Cameroon in the 10th minute.  

 

Scorpions talisman, Musa Barrow is optimistic that The Gambia will collect their first maximum points against Guinea.  

“We will try to see their weaknesses and try to play what we played the last game and get the maximum points. They might think we will sit back and defend.” Barrow mentioned

“This is a game we are going to gamble. I believe me and my colleagues are ready and we will win Insha’ALLAH.”

A win for any of the teams could move them to second or first place depending on the outcome of the Cameroon vs Senegal game.

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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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