Sibi focused on club for now

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Sheikh Sibi’s incredible form in the first round in Serie C has kept many pundits calling for his return to the scorpion’s fold.

The 25-year-old shot-stopper spoke to the Alkamba Times, saying he is giving it all to Virtus Verona and lamenting the legitimate call for in-form goalkeepers as a must in the national team. 

Sibi  only missed one match in the first round and kept six clean sheets in 18 outings. 

“I am pleased with my performance in the first round; the 28 points gathered is a club record. It’s a good start; we could have gone beyond 28 points, but certain things and circumstances made it impossible,” he emphasized.

 

“This season I have the opportunity to play week in and week out with the team because, in previous years, the national duties engagement was disturbing my development because our league doesn’t have a break during the international break. When you find a goalkeeper who is performing, the coach won’t just change him like that. My focus is to play as many games as possible. I am taking advantage of the opportunity and capitalizing on it.”

Virtus Verona, who has an average age of 24 years, is sitting in 8th position with 28 points. The agile keeper joined Gambians with more than 100 appearances for their club. 

 

“It’s a big achievement, but what is more important to me right now is to focus on the games; every game has its preparation and how to play it. It’s a record that is out there.”

“Our target is promotion; we run from relegation, and after that is secured, we aim higher in the table to grab the playoff spot. “

Move from Italy 

“There is a possibility; my doors are open. When the right offer comes.”

Sibi was racially abused in their game against Pro Vercelli at the Gavagnin Nocini ground. 

“I was hurt because it happened behind the goalpost; it was just a few metres. I was hearing everything he was saying; his voice was loud, and I was able to identify him. Many were amazed at how I kept my composure for the next 45 minutes.”

 

“He was the loudest, but the fans took over from him; they were fined and have been given a match banned”

“The step the federation has taken should continue and people should be banned and giving fines; it will teach lessons to other fans, and they might be careful. I believe that sometimes they are influenced by alcohol and regret their actions when they become sober.

Sibi hasn’t represented the Gambia since AFCON 2021 but urged selection to be based on merits.

“it’s good that you pick goalkeepers that deserve it—goalkeepers that are playing week in and week out and are there based on merit.”

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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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