Jaraaf close to first title since 2018

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By: Bubacarr Fallaboweh 

The most successful club in Senegal last won the League in 2018, and their last trophy for the Coupe du Senegal was in 2013. The Medina-based team has won the Coupe du Senegal a record 15 times. 

Jaraaf edged Ajel du Rufisque 1-0 in the quarter-finals courtesy of Moussa Ndiaye’s goal. They will meet Guediawaye FC on Wednesday in the semifinal, while Amitie FC will take on Stade de Mbour. 

Last year’s finals were between Etoile de Lusitana and CasaSports. All four semi-finalists have Gambians in their midst, with Jaraaf having the highest number: Edrissa Ceesay, Omar Faye, and Modou Manneh. 

Modou Manneh, the star man, has already attracted offers from Morocco, mainly from Club Athletic Youssoufia and Oujda. In Tunisia, Slimani and other clubs are said to be interested.

Manneh has four goals and five assists in the League and against Casasports, which they eventually won 2-0; Manneh came on in the second half and was involved in both goals. Manneh returned to the starting XI against Ajel du Rufisque. 

“Every player’s ambition is to go outside; I can’t comment much because I don’t have clear information about the offers,” he told TAT Sports. 

“Our ambition was to take the League and the league cup this season. We missed the League and concentrated on the Coup du Senegal and League Cup.”

“Now, our ambition as a club is to take the Coup du Senegal and finish at a respectable position on the table. We are happy to be in the semifinals. Guediawaye will be a tough opponent because we will also meet in the League. We are concentrating on the Coup du Senegal. We will surely reach the finals and win it,” Manneh added.

ASC Jaraaf will wrap up the season with a double away match against Teungueth FC, Guediawaye FC, and a home match against Stade de Mbour. 

Jaraaf sits fifth on the League log with 35 points after 23 matches. 

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