Young Gambian Wins Golden Boot In Belarusian League


Known for his nimble feet and magical display coupled with clinical finishes, young Gambian sensation Dembo Darbo has won the Golden Boot award in the Belarusian Premiership.

The forward scored 19 goals in 29 league matches and made 12 assists in the process for his Shakhtyor Soligorsk side.

The achievement means Darbo is only the third Gambian in history to win a golden boot in Europe after Ali Sowe clinched the award in 2018 and Pa Omar Jobe in 2019.

The tricky, 23-year-old Brikama born forward surpassed records set by Shakhtar’s Dmitry and Nikolay in the 2012 Belarusian league and 2015 respectively.

His 19 goals tie him with previous winners of the 2019 and 2020 seasons.

The Gambian International who achieved a remarkable season was named five times as MVP player and six times as man of the match during the season.

The former Real de Banjul player has also been named as the fans favourite player and the Belarusian players and coaches best player of the season.

It is a great boost for a player who has become a familiar face in the Gambia’s squad preparing for the Africa Cup of Nations next month.

Story written with contributions by Buba Jallow.

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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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