Minteh returns, Ceesay, Jacobs, Omar Colley, Alasana Jatta on target and a Ligue1 debut for Adama Bojang

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By Baboucarr Fallaboweh

The Scorpions players returned from disappointing World Cup qualifiers to heroic performances at club level over the weekend. Ebrima Colley, Badamoesi, Omar Colley, and Ablie Jallow were slotted straight to the starting XI while Assan Ceesay, Musa Barrow, Alasana Manneh and Hamza Barry started their club weekend match on the bench.  A total of seven goals were scored over the weekend as Adama Bojang made his league debut at the age of 19 years, 182 days.

England

Wrexham AFC registered a 6-goal victory against Morecambe. Jacob Mendy was called into action in the 27th minute when he replaced injured Forde. Jacob scored a sensational solo goal. Mendy who was the latest international for the Red Dragons, has five assists and two goals.

Netherlands

Feyenoord were handed a boost ahead of their Champions League match against Atletico Madrid. Yankuba Minteh returned from a hamstring injury to play 30 minutes in the Rotterdam derby against Excelsior. Minteh spent three minutes on the field before assisting Gimenz’s goal in the 62nd minute of the match.

France

Metz moved to the middle of the table thanks to their 3-2 win over Lorient. Ablie Jallow created the penalty and stepped up to score it in the 83rd minute.

Adama Bojang made his long-awaited Ligue 1 debut for Stade De Reims in their 3-1 loss against Rennes.

Adama BOJANG of Reims during the Ligue 1 Uber Eats match between Stade Rennais Football Club and Stade de Reims at Roazhon Park on November 26, 2023 in Rennes, France. (Photo by Daniel Derajinski/Icon Sport via Getty Images)

Switzerland

Ebrima Colley has started Young Boy’s last four league matches. The loanee from Atlanta has contributed to 3 goals, 2 assists and one goal. However, Zurich FC handed the visitors their second defeat of the season with a 3-1 victory on Saturday.

Denmark

Alasana Jatta scored his first league goal in style as his strike in the 92nd minute handed champions FC Copenhagen their third defeat of the season. Viborg FF who had lost 7 out of 16 league matches wrapped up 2023 with a 2-1 win.

Vejle were held to a 1-1 draw against Hvidovre in the six-pointer meetings between the newly promoted side. Musa Juwara replaced Ngbakoto in the 74th minute while Hamza Barry was an unused substitute.

AC Horsens kept their promotion credentials with a 2-1 win over FC Helsingor. U20 captain Alagie Saine was brought on in additional time to help defend their lead which was his 14th appearance of the season.

Turkey

Ali Sowe captained MKE Ankaragucu to a 1-0 win over Gaziantep as the Ankara-based club moved to 11th position with 16 points following Saturday’s victory. Sowe went on to play the full throttle.

 

Omar Colley scored his third league goal in Beşiktaş’s 2-1 win over Yılport Samsunspor. Besiktas went in search of the winner, and Colley had his header cleared off the line only for him to score the rebound.

Saudi Arabia

Kevin N’Koudou was unplayable as he scored a hat trick. He went on to assist Assan Ceesay’s fifth goal of the season as Damac beat Abha 4-2.

Winless in three matches have seen Al-Taawoun move from 2nd position to 5th. Musa Barrow was introduced in the 79th minute but Birama Toure’s 90+9 minute goal handed Al Riyadh three points away from home.

CAF Champions League

Esperance Tunis opened their Champions League group stages match with a 2-0 victory against rivals Etoile du Sahel. Kebba Sowe was handed a starting berth but was replaced after the break.

Lamin Jallow’s first goal for CR Belouizdad was scored on Friday against Tanzanian giants Young Africans. Jallow came off the bench to score in his first TotalEnergies CAF Champions League match.

Senegal

Saikouba Ceesay scored his first goal for Guediawaye against Stade de Mbour, Ceesay gave the visitors the lead in the 15th minute when he tapped in Abdoulie Gassama’s cross.

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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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