By: Baboucarr Fallaboweh
After 70 days of winter break, Bundesliga football is back at Castroper Straße.
Kingsley Ehizibue’s goal deepened Sampdoria’s woes, who have now lost seven consecutive games at Marassi. Omar Colley came off in the 80th minute with a knee injury.
Saidy Janko and VFL Bochum kick off 2023 in a grand style after beating Hertha Berlin 3-1 thanks to goals from Philipp Hofmann and newcomer Keven Schlotterbeck. The 27 year- old Gambian international replaced injured Christian Gamboa in the right-back position. The six-pointer win at Anne Castroper has taken the Blue & Whites to 14th position, two points above relegation.
Zulte Waregem came close to making it two wins in a row but was held at home by KVC Westerlo to a 1-1 scoreline. Alieu Fadera completed the full throttle. The host came close to finding a winner but was denied by the crossbar.
Amine Sbaï gave the visitors the lead in the 10th minute as Grenoble reached the Quarterfinals for the first time since 2018. Abdoulie Sanyang lasted 78 minutes, while Yayha Kujabi played the full throttle for Stade Plabennecois.
Alieu Jatta and Asyut Petroleum ended the first round with an incredible feat. They won 1-0 against Telephonaat Beni Suef, with Alieu assisting the goal.
Alasana Manneh and Musa Juwara got minutes under their belt, with the latter replacing Yankuba Minteh in Odense Boldklub’s 4-0 friendly match defeat to FC Nordsjælland Saturday.
Elsewhere, Alasana Jatta was on target for Viborg in their 2-0 win over Silkeborg on Thursday.
Hamza Barry and Mouhamadou Drammeh came on in the second half in Vejle Boldklub 2-0 win over Kolding IF.