Ola, unveiled by WFC Lokomotiv Moscow, promises return to glory days

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Gambian international Ola Buwaro was unveiled by Russian Women Football Championship side WFC Lokomotiv Moscow after penning a two-year contract.

Buwaro left China after one season where she scored 19 goals in 20 matches as Guangxi Pingguo Beinong finished fourth on the log. Personally, she also finished as the runner-up in the Golden Boot race.

“My target is to be part of the starting XI in every game; that’s where I can be scouted easily and go to the next level. It’s a gateway. I am not a professional, although this is my second contract abroad, but I am still climbing the ladder. They have been finishing in third place of late; two teams have been superior. I want to take them out of this third position, and if it’s a striker that was the problem, I hope I can help them beat Zenit Saint Petersburg and Cska Moscow to the title.” Buwaro stressed.

Ola, who attracted interest from France, China, and Belarus, says her stay in China had a professional impact and mentality.

“It wasn’t easy in China; the style of play in China and the Gambia differs a lot; it was fast and intense. We play twice a week in China, every three days. The communication was a hindrance, but I believe football has one language: as far as you position yourself, the players will see you. The training session was very hard, but it has helped me a lot.”

Before Ola signed, Catharine Jatta sealed a permanent move to Determine Girls FC, and Ellen Gai signed for Ghana-based club Lady Strikers, a move that Ola calls the right direction for women’s football in the Gambia.

“I was so happy. Gambian women’s football is very low-ranked, and when we travel abroad, they mistake us for Zambians. They know about Zambia but not about the Gambia. With the number of people who have been playing abroad, I am hoping we have more numbers to go abroad. If the exposure is big, the national side will change because it will help us find out that we have gathered lots of experience. I believe with the national team, the experience is lacking. Though he has talented players who are quick and can score, he has no experience. Senegal has that edge over us.” She added

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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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