Heroic performance for Sibi as Jatta and Bah score

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Alieu Jatta credit -Omar Amory

Scorpions returned to their various clubs, and a few were handed starting berths while others came from the bench. The biggest talking point over the weekend was Sheikh Sibi, who saved two penalties.

Italy

Sheikh Sibi kept his seventh clean sheet of the season in a Virtus Verona 0-0 draw against LR Vicenza. Sibi saved two penalties in the 79th and 81st minutes. Sibi, who missed Verona’s last two matches, was the hero of the night, and this is the second time that the Gambian international has saved two penalties in a single match; the first was against Mantova.

Germany

Bakery Jatta scored one and assisted another in Hamburg’s 4-3 defeat against Karlsruher SC. Rothosen came from behind twice but failed to hold on for an important point in the battle for promotion.

Jatta timed his run perfectly to latch onto Benes’ through-ball. He finished past Drewes to make it 2-1 in the 33rd minute. Meffert won the ball back in midfield and found Jatta, whose incisive dribbling and clever lay-off in the box allowed Glatzel to easily slot home and make it 3-3.

Belgium

Alieu Fadera assisted Nigerian striker Yira Sor in a 1-1 draw against St. Truiden at the Daio Wasabi Stayen Stadium. Sunday’s assist has seen the Gambian goal contribution reached six (3 goals and 3 assists) in 15 matches.

Netherlands

Santiago Gimenez missed a penalty as Feyenoord played a barren draw against FC Twente. The goalless draw means that the Rotterdammers are 12 points behind PSV in the Eredivisie standings.

Yankuba Minteh returned to the bench after returning from the Africa Cup of Nations. Minteh replaced Igor Paixão in the 62nd minute and was deployed as left-winger.

Switzerland

Basel handed the Young Boys their third defeat of the season. Both Ebrima Colley and Saidy Janko were named on the bench following their return from the Nations Cup. Janko was thrown in the fray when he replaced Lewin Blum in the 33rd minute of the first half.

Turkey

Omar Colley played the full throttle in Beşiktaş’s 1-0 defeat against Sivasspor on Sunday. Colley missed five of the Besiktas matches while he was away with the national team.

Ali Sowe, who scored once in his three meetings with Fenebache, returned to the starting XI and played for 73 minutes in the MKE Ankaragücü 2-1 defeat on Sunday.

Senegal

Casa Sports sits in 10th position with 14 points after matchday 13. This came after their 3-1 defeat against newly promoted side US Ouakam. Summer arrival Abdoulie Bah scored his first goal for the club after coming off the bench.

Egypt

Egypt Premier League leaders Zed FC lost 3-1 against Pyramids in Egypt League Cup match day three. Mohammed Sawaneh was introduced in the 83rd minute as the Gambia U20 midfielder made his 10th appearance in all competitions.

Despite El Gounah losing 2-1 to Al Masry, they have booked their ticket to the quarterfinals of the Egypt Cup, where they will play against Gaish on Wednesday. Alieu Jatta played full throttle as a left-back.

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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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