The wait is over, at least some of us have enjoyed the pre-season, the banter and the managers that have been appointed. Out is Big Sam, Nigel Pearson but we have our good-humoured man, Van Gaal with all his philosophical thoughts.
Moment of truth is here, our new signings will put on respective shirts and will be ready to deliver. Afalley and co. Kick off stretches from lunch time to evening tea time to Monday night football. Lets jump the beatings and look into few matches
Saturday 8th August 13.45
Manchester United v Totten ham Hotspur
I have a feeling that all clubs involved in the title race are far from perfect regarding their Summer acquisition. Liverpool managed to sign some great deals but you have to remember that players Rogers bought, never settled in yet and then he added some more again this time around. Van Gaal is waiting for Pedro to push them to the title challenge leaving you with much to think. A world class centre back is missing and I think United cannot and will not survive all competitions without one. It used to be one affair between United and Spurs but formation; performance will give you a report of what Louis van Gaal and Pochettino’s intentions are. If there will be any difference then Wayne Rooney will once again show class while ever reliable Harry Kane will deliver. Depay and Erikssen will show class too. Tottenham will be lining up a complete new defense but hopefully it won’t cause much problems to Rooney.
Chelsea v Swansea City: 18.30pm
It’s the official match where Chelsea will start to defend their title. ”Last season is finished. I have zero points, the same number of points as everyone else, and Saturday the fight for the points begins“ our direct opponents –Liverpool, United, City, Arsenal – their squads are top squads, he said. Maybe I am wrong but I have the idea that less points will win the title this season”. Jose Mourinho’s
Opinions are diverted whether Chelsea will go all for the Champions League or try to defend their Premier League crown. Apart from Jose’s brilliance, the key success for Chelsea after a low key summer transfer is getting Diego Costa fit and Hazard producing brilliant touches.
Swansea is enjoying 3rd season after promotions and I have a feeling of them keeping Everton, Southampton and Tottenham on their toes. Appointing former captain as a manager shows you the fighting spirit the club will carry throughout the campaign. Despite Chelsea’s registered comfortable win last season, they are aware of the serious threat – (and its not just a prediction) the Walsh club provides.
Sunday 9th august 14.30pm
Arsenal v West Ham United:
West Ham away form since December is abysmal. While the Gunners are really strong host winning 12 of the 19 matches here at Emirates stadium last season drawing five and losing just two. Arsenal will love to kick start putting a lay marker to send signals to Chelsea and co. Sanchez will miss out, but the Gunners’ defense will be up for all the set pieces the hammers will throw. London derbies are quite unpredictable and West Ham had their chances. Arsenal’s great shape so far leads us to the conclusion that this game can go anyone’ way.
Stoke v Liverpool: 17.00pm
Karma is really a bitch, it was a tough May. But once again Rodgers will have few games to save face. Looking at Red’s fixtures over the next six games Stoke (a) Bournemouth (h) Arsenal (a) West Ham (h) Man United (a) Norwich (h) it will be pleasantries to open 2015/2016 campaign away to Staffordshire at Britannia stadium.
Stoke blathered Liverpool 6-1 on that rainy day. Since then lots has changed regarding players, confidence and depth. Stoke City will be hoping to add in some advantage in the log as you can see in their summer recruitment’s, but there pre-season tells another story.
Monday 10th August 21.00pm
West Brom v Manchester City:
Will the baggies hit City on attack? If only they dare. Well it’s seems Yaya Toure wants to play and we know what qualities Man City have when going in front especially if they add De Bruyne. Tony Pulis is never afraid of his mantra and will love to break down Man City. Any reply from City has to come from their defense which is a fine to keep clean sheet but injuries and age will over shadow their ambitions. They have to keep their stars healthy to keep a chance in the long run.
I don’t personally expect all the big clubs above to register three points — the bets have to defy… Key success for Norwich, Watford and Bournemouth is keeping it tight at the back. Hopefully Richie of Bournemouth will prove to be a breakthrough just as Danny Zings and Charlie Austin did in the previous season.
By Buba Jallow Fallaboweh for G T Sports
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GAMBIAN FOOTBALLER IN THE USA INSPIRES 5TH GRADE KIDS TO DONATE MONEY TO HIS CHILDHOOD SCHOOL IN GAMBIA.
A group of fifth-grade classes at Layton Elementary School are going above and beyond their daily assignments to help a poverty stricken school thousands of miles away. The kids say they wanted to make a difference in the students' lives even though they've never met them.
And the inspiration behind all of it comes from a professional soccer player.
"We are so excited to come together and look at what we have done," said one of the fifth-grade teachers, as about 150 students came together to drop more change in the glass jars in front of them. Each one of the pennies, nickels, dimes, and quarters are all part of The Gambia Challenge.
Gambia is a country in west Africa and it's also where player #29 of Real Salt Lake was born and raised. Abdoulie Mansally, 25, who has played for Real for three years, grew up in Gambia and he has started a foundation to help raise money for his elementary school.
Mansally says his school is so poor that it is held up by a wooden pole in the middle of the classroom. Education supplies are very limited.
When the fifth-grade teachers at Layton Elementary heard about that situation and Mansally's Charity foundation to help his childhood school they decided to join in.
"Really poor," said Mansally to 2News when describing his school and the area he grew up. "People struggle for daily food to put daily meals on the table."
One U.S. dollar is equal to 43 Gambia dollars. So far, the kids have raised about a $1,000 that translates into $43,000 in Gambia.
That amount of money was enough for a visit from Mansally himself to thank the kids for their generous contribution.
"I can't express how thankful I am for you guys doing this," said Mansally to the kids as he looked at all the money in the jars.
But Mansally wasn't just all talk. He also joined the kids on the soccer field to share his skills and enthusiasm for the game and for life. The kids say they couldn't be happier to be part of such a great cause.
"It's like a warm hearted feeling and it makes you feel really good and you want to do more," said student Garrett Jones.
And seeing the faces of the children in Gambia in the pictures they have hanging up in the classrooms makes all the difference to want to help out more.
"I feel really bad for those kids in Gambia because I want them to have a better education than me, because they deserve it more than me they need it more," said student Kendalynn Pilkerton.
"We are helping kids have second chances and not many people get second chances," said student Tiana Casper.
The kids will continue to raise money through the end of the school year. Mansally plans to deliver the money himself to the school once he gets an opening from his soccer schedule. He told the kids, just one bag of rice can feed a family of five for two months. For more information about Mansally's charity foundation go to MansallyFoundation.org.
Inside The Story: The Gambia Challenge by DAN RASCON of KUTV
Click on the following link to watch the video and hear from the horse’s mouth.
Thanks to Mansally for the great initiative. Gambian Talents is proud of you.
Gambian international Alieu Darbo finally signs a two years contract with Algeria first division soccer league club Mouloudia FC today making him among the highest paid Gambian players playing their trade abroad, and the club also issued him with a brand new car which includes in the contract according the players himself.
The recruitment process continues within the building because hamraouie seventh player signed his arrival at the club in the afternoon of Tuesday, June 23, 2015, it is Alieu Darbo (22 / 1m83), midfielder the Mosta FC, a first division league club Maltese.
This player can evolve as playmaker, but also on the right flank of the attack has a good technique and speed of execution. Now remains for him to prove his talent to be at the confidence placed in him by the leaders of the club.
Recall that Darbo has evolved with the Swedish national team for Euro U-17 in 2009 before playing the World Cup of Nations with his country Gambia, always for the same category.