Scorpions bounce back with 2-1 win over South Sudan

The Gambia National Team

The Gambia national team, the Scorpions, bounced back from their consecutive two games defeat with a narrow 2-1 win over South Sudan in their final test game in the Morocco training camp.

Assan Ceesay first opened the scoring from the spot on the 23rd minute after the brilliant Ablie Jallow was brought down in the box by a South Sudan defender.

And 12 minutes from the break, the lethal Gambia forward doubled the Scorpions lead again from 12 yards after he was clipped in the box by Toha Freedon.

Substitutes Lamin Jallow and Bubacarr Steve Trawally could have added to the Scorpions lead but they squandered their attempts from close range.

Gumnok netted a consolation for South Sudan after a goalkeeping error by The Gambia’s Sheikh Sibi, who dropped a cross for Gumnok to tap home from close range.

This win will gradually restore hopes on the Scorpions ahead of the AFCON championship in Cameroon. This time around, Tom Saintfiet and his charges escaped the critics who were sharpening their teeth after The Gambia’s loss in their first two test games against the Moroccan CHAN team and Sierra Leone.

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Sainey M.K. Marenah
Mr. Sainey M.K. Marenah is a Prominent Gambian journalist, founding editor The Alkamba Times and formerly head of communications at the Constitutional Review Commission (CRC) and Communications and PR Consultant for The Gambia Pilot Program, under Gamworks. Mr. Marenah served as the Social media Strategist and Editor at Gambia Radio and Television Services. He is also the Banjul Correspondent for Voice of America Radio. Sainey is a human rights and developmental journalist who has carved a strong niche particularly in new media environments in the Gambian media industry. Mr. Marenah began his career as a junior reporter with the Point Newspaper in the Gambia in 2008 and rose through the ranks to become Chief correspondent before moving to The Standard Newspaper also in Banjul as Editorial Assistant and head of News. He is a household name in the Gambia’s media industry having covered some of the most important stories in the former and current government. These include the high profile treason cases including the Trial of Former military chiefs in Banjul in 2009 to 2012. Following his arrest and imprisonment by the former regime of President, Yahya Jammeh in 2014, Marenah moved to Dakar Senegal where he continues to practice Journalism freelancing for various local and international Media organization’s including the BBC, Al-Jazeera, VOA, and ZDF TV in Germany among others. He is the co-Founder of the Banjul Based Media Center for Research and Development; an institution specialized in research and development undertakings. As a journalist and Communication Expert, focused on supporting the Gambia's transitional process, Mr Marenah continues to play a pivotal role in shaping a viable media and communications platform that engages necessary tools and action to increase civic participation and awareness of the needs of transitional governance to strengthen the current move towards democratization. Mr. Marenah has traveled extensively as a professional journalist in both Europe, Africa and United States and attended several local and international media trainings.

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