By: Bubacarr Fallaboweh
Saikouba Ceesay to Bk Milan, Pappis Nyassi returns to Brikama, Cherno Jobe to Fortune, and Landing Darboe returns to the boyhood club. Finally, the Hawks bring in Kanifing East Captain Ousaino Sanneh.
Clubs have welcomed back players that sat out during the first round with injuries; some made new signings, some added experience, and some even promoted young players to the A team.
A receipt that may not work for all, but the Brikama Utd coach is buoyant that the future is bright.
“We introduce too many young players. We have to trust the process it will yield soon.”
Struggling Brikama Utd made four signings: Papis Nyassi from Team Rhino, Landing Darboe, Dominic Korea from Fortune, and Lamin Gassama from Elite Utd while promoting both Haruna Jatta and Kalilu Ceesay from their feeder team.
Papis Nyassi has featured for Real De Banjul and Team Rhino since he left Brikama Utd, but things have not been the same; the talisman opened up on his spell at Real and how he almost fell out of love with the beautiful game.
“Since I left Brikama Utd, I was never comfortable playing football. I was trying. It’s a team where everything started, and I have a lot of support. When I even left, they never turned their back on me. The fans have requested me to return, and it’s the right time. If I am to play good football, I have to return to Brikama.”
Cho Drammeh was crucial in bringing in Saikouba Ceesay, a perfect replacement for U20-bound Ebrima Kinteh with nine goals in the second tier.
2020/2021 GFF leading goalscorer Saikouba Ceesay has joined Bakau’s second-division side BK Milan. Saikouba, the journeyman, was sought after as clubs like Real De Banjul, Wallidan, Hawks, and Jam City scrambled for his signing.
“I feel so happy; they welcomed me with open arms. I’m comfortable with them at training, so I am good.”
Asked how he feels about returning to competitive football after that Knee ligament injury, Ceesay says he is fit.
“Everything is set; I am all ready to play. I am 100% fit and strong, physically and mentally. That’s why I played the Nawettan & Zonals to at least gain game fitness and psychologically to prepare myself.”
Ousaino, who was even attracted interest from Ports, says he is thrilled to join Hawks and pens a farewell to Kanifing FC.
“I am happy; every player dreams of moving to the next step, climbing the ladder, and having other challenges. I have spent time with Kanifing; I was waiting to move correctly.”
“I am happy to be part of that club, especially being a captain. I am still a fan of Kanifiang; let them push more and know that promotion is still reachable.”
During the U20 competition, we lost two players to national duties in Bailo and Sainey. Alieu Camara is back but with the inclusion of Ousaino Sanneh. So it will be more balanced,’ said coach Alieu Jagne.
Ousaino, a versatile midfielder and one of the best prospects from Kanifing, has two goals and one assist before joining defending champions Hawks.
Steve Biko & Marimoo
Steve Biko has acquired the services of former Maccabi Haifa, Hapoel Nir Ramat Hasharon Right-Back Kaba Sonko.
Just like Biko, Marimoo’s only reinforcement was in the goalkeeping department. After that, Lamin Jawara joined Team Rhino for the rest of the season.
For the Falcons, the only notable addition is the return of Solomon Kanform and Matar Ceesay to their boyhood club, a move described by coach Lamin Sanneh as “To get the necessary match fitness before heading back abroad.”
The Falcons have promoted two youngsters to the A team, just like Brikama Utd.
Goalkeeper Yorro Badjie came from BK West FC to add a cover-up and stiff competition.
The newly promoted team Greater Tomorrow has signed five players: Bully Drammeh, Abubacarr Touray from Fortune FC, Ebrima Njie, Momodou Jallow & Momodou Bah.
Kebba Sallah, former Real De Banjul, joined alongside Nurudeen Mbowe (from Gamtel), Amadou Jaiteh (from Samger) & Romeo Attinho from Ivory Coast.
Real De Banjul signed former Brikama Utd, CasaSports, and Gambia U20 Momodou Bojang.