Real de Banjul, Team Rhino, reacts as Wallidan gets his first win of the season.

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by Baboucarr Fallaboweh

Real de Banjul and Team Rhino all registered a crucial win over the weekend to maintain their positions on the league table.

This came after a 1-0 defeat suffered at the hands of Waa Banjul, with the latter being beaten by BST Galaxy.

 Real beat Brikama Utd 2-0 courtesy of Amadou Nyassi and Momodou Jobateh’s goals, while Team Rhino needed an 85th-minute penalty winner against Marimoo.

After the final whistle, Team Rhino Coach Yunusa Badjie, Wallidan Captain Kebba Sambou, and Steve Biko Adnan Musa all spoke to Alkamba Times to give their reactions to the match.

 

Wallidan captain Kebba Sambou says the win in the capital will be the turn of fortune.

“Things were hard for us; we were working together as a team. We weren’t winning, but the teamwork was there all the time, and we fought together. The win arrives today, and we will continue winning now; we have moved out of the position that we were in.

After losing three in a row, Steve Biko is unbeaten in their last four games.

Then our next opponent was Real de Banjul they are the champions, but that was the best performance we had this season. The real goal was a deflection, for 20 minutes Real de Banjul were defending. After that we grabbed it and started winning, the new players started to catch up and started to understand the style of play. I think we are there because when I sat and look at things, losing three games on the bounce, when I look at the games against title contenders Real de Banjul, Falcons and Fortune then I know I have a team at hand.”

“If you look closely, you will see it’s not easy. Even though he had a good preseason with the system, the new players adoption of the system or way of playing consumed time. We were having problems with the backbone of the team. Dembo Saidykhan, who was the heart of the center; Ousman Sanneh, who was the center of the midfield; and Adama Bojang, who is the leading goal scorer. You will see that those are the keys; if you lose all of them, replacing them and getting their understanding will take time. Scoring shouldn’t be the problem; we worked, and the first game wasn’t even bad. In our game against the Armed Forces, the scoreline differs from the performance.

Team Rhino lost their six-game unbeaten run and conceded the season’s first goal against BST Galaxy on match day six. Yunusa Badjie’s charges responded brilliantly against a stubborn Marimoo FC side on Saturday.

“We wanted to react quickly, and we got a good response to our defeat against Galaxy. Because of our game against Galaxy, a lot of things didn’t go right during our preparation. There is a record between us and Marimoo, and we didn’t want that record to be spoiled. We knew all along that we couldn’t go all season without losing or conceding a goal. Marimoo is difficult to beat, and defensively, they are very organized. We were very conscious of the way they played. We created some opportunities, 1v1, which resulted in Marimoo’s defender being sent off, and then the penalty came, which was an open chance too. The way they were defending, that’s why we didn’t have an open play, which delayed us from scoring.

Week 7 Results

Samger 4 Tomorrow 1

Fernando Pereira, Benjamin Precious-Famara Camara, Ebrima Njie

TMT 0 Falcons 0

Fortune 0 Steve Biko 0

Team Rhino 1 Marimoo 0

Bai Beram Njie

GAF 0 BST Galaxy 1

Ansumana Gomez

Bombada 1 WAA Banjul 1

Lamin Tamba, Musa Ann

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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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