Huge win for Metz FC, derby delight for Saikou Touray, Bamba as Yankuba Minteh wins first silverware

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Gambian foreign based players weekend roundup week 17 saw the Gambian trio handed a start as Saikou Touray, Abdoulie Sanyang, and Alieu Fadera were all named in the starting XI. Adama Bojang was making his fourth Ligue1 start. Lamin Jawo found the back of the net for Mladda Boleslav in the Czech Republic. Muhammed Hydra and Alasana Yirajang were all handed their debuts.

England

Following Saturday’s win against Cambridge, witnessed by 1,400 travelling fans in Cambridgeshire, Derby County now only need a point against Carlisle United at Pride Park in the final game of the season to be promoted to the Championship.

Mendez Laing handed the visitors the lead before the break. Resulting in the Rams setting a record of 13 away wins in a single season. Ebou Adams played the full throttle, bringing his total appearances to 16 for the Rams.

Italy

Ebrima Darboe played full throttle for Sampdoria in their barren draw against Spezia. This is the Roma midfielder’s 12th appearance for the 1994 Serie A champions.

Virtus Verona registered a 3-1 victory against Pro Patria in Busto Arsizio on Saturday. Sheikh Sibi was on the verge of his 13th clean sheet, only to be beaten by Ghioldi from long range. The Gambian goalkeeper had a busy afternoon and was called on to action in the sixth minute when he intercepted a 1v1. Sibi, known for his good reflexes, made crucial saves in the 31st and 39th minutes to preserve the visitors lead. The host kept searching for a goal to be back in the game, and their first target in the second half came in the 52nd minute, with Sibi tapping over a header for a corner.

France

Adama Bojang made his fourth league appearance in a 2-1 home defeat against Montpellier. The Gambia U20 striker replaced Ivorian international Oumar Diaktie in the 80th minute.

Ablie Jallow wasn’t involved in Metz 1-0 win over Le Havre in their six-pointer encounter. With back-to-back victories, Metz have now moved away from the relegation zone with four games remaining in Ligue 1.

 

Grenoble F38 emerged victorious in the Derby des Alpes in front of 500 Grenoblois. A 1-0 win against Annecy FC was enough to register a run of nine matches without a win. Saikou Touray and Abdoulie Sanyang were all handed a start in what was their sixth and 10th start of the season. Saikou’s effort after the break almost broke the deadlock.

Belgium

Alieu Fadera replaced Kayembe at left wingback in the Genk verus Anderlecht game which ended in a 2-1 victory in a crowded Cegeka Arena. Fadera’s shot in the box hit Sardella’s arm, which resulted in a penalty, with substitute Zeqiri scoring an ice-cold panenka. Saturday evening’s results helped the host leapfrog Club Brugge into third place in the table standings. Fadera played full throttle.

Netherlands

Feyenoord won their 14th KNVB Cup against NEC. The last time the Rotterdam club won the KNVB was in the 2017/2018 season. Brazilan Paixao scored the only goal as Yankuba Minteh won his first silverware. The Gambian was sent off following his second yellow card.

Switzerland

Young Boys left it late to collect all three points in Winterthur, thanks to Lakomy’s late strike. Both Ebrima Colley and Saidy Janko started from the bench, with the latter replacing Lewin Blum in the 68th minute.

Turkey

Besiktas beat MEK 2-0, with Gambian captain Omar Colley missing the Friday match with a head injury. Ali Sowe played the full throttle.

Czech Repulic

Lamin Jawo found the equalizer eight minutes before the break as Mladda Boleslav came from behind to be Pardubice. Sunday’s win has taken Boleslav to fifth place with 43 points after week 29.

Bulgaria

Sainey Sanyang started for CSKA Sofia in the Bulgarian League for the first time since August 2023. The young Gambian left back marked the occasion by providing the winning goal assist with an inch perfect cross to the far post for unmarked Skarsem to bury and give CSKA Sofia an important 3-2 comeback win.

This win meant, CSKA Sofia finished the regular season in 2nd place 12 points behind Noah Sonko’s Ludogorets who leads the way.

Slovakia

Muhammed Hydara made his debut for FK Železiarne Podbrezová in their 2-1 defeat against Žilina. Alasana Yirajang was handed a start and lasted 67 minutes while Mahummdu Bajo played the full throttle.

Denmark

Odense BK secured a 2-2 draw away to Randers. The first half didn’t produce much compared to the second half, as fans witnessed a four-goal thriller. James Gomez continued playing week in and week out as Mads Engaard’s injury-time goal salvages a point for the Stripes.

The six-pointer match between Hvidovre and Vejle was settled by a Tobias Thomasen brace. Musa Jawara was making his 10th appearance and third consecutive start. Hamza started from the bench and replaced Ghanaian Ofari with 20 minutes left in the game.

Estonia

JK Tammeka repeated their famous victory back in 2019 as they handed Paide its third defeat of the season following their 1-0. Despite Saturday’s defeat, Paide is still in second place with 11 points. A victory could have closed the gap on Lavedia to three points; the visitors were coming from a back-to-back defeat.

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Baboucarr Fallaboweh
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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