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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.