Isaac Babadi’s PSV beat Palace to win International Cup

Isaac Babadi’s PSV beat Palace to win International Cup

Sierra Leone native Isaac Babadi was in action as Jong PSV were crowned Premier League International Cup winners after a 3-1 extra-time victory against Crystal Palace at Selhurst Park. 

It is the first time that a Dutch side has won the trophy. The game finished 1-1 normal time, but the Dutch side triumphed in extra time. 

It was the ninth edition of the Premier League International Cup. The competition features 12 of England’s best Academy sides against 12 of the top development squads in the rest of Europe.

Born in the Netherlands, Babadi is of Sierra Leonean descent – Babadi and his side have had an excellent tournament defeating the U21 sides of Arsenal, Manchester United and Everton en route to the final. 

Crystal Palace was the opponent for the final which was played at Selhurst Park. In the 33rd minute, Dante Sealy fired PSV in front, but Crystal Palace equalised through Scott Banks. 

PSV could not find a winner in the second half, but in extra time, Jason van Duiven and Simon Colyn scored the goals to seal the trophy for the Eindhoven side.

Young PSV: Quickly; Comenencia, Seelt (45′ Tytens), Van de Blaak, Leysen; Tielemans, Sealy (Priske Flyger, 65), Colyn;van Duiven (115′ Arts), Nassoh, Babadi (117′ Jiménez).

Isaac Babadi signed his first professional contract with PSV in the Philips Stadion in April 2021 until 2024 after joining the PSV Academy from NEC Nijmegen in the 2018-19 season.

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KIWA ISA Sport, a FIFA-preferred company based in the Netherlands concluded a Fifa mandatory pitch Inspection of the newly built Sothern Arena in the Southern Province of Sierra Leone on Thursday, February 23rd.

Southern Arena has a 6,000 seating capacity located in the Kandeh Town area close to Njala University, Bo City, Sierra Leone.

Inspections were carried out by Netherlands-based Institute for Sports Facilities (Instituut voor Sportaccommodaties B.V.), known as Kiwa ISA Sport, is an independent professional body specialising in top quality, hard-wearing and safe sports facilities: Kiwa ISA Sport is a world market leader in all aspects of testing sports facilities.

As part of the criteria set by FIFA for approving new sports facilities, the Southern Arena mandatory pitch-testing exercise focused on several areas ball rebound, ball roll, shock absorption, rational resistance, and pitch dimension.

According to the surface testing Expert Cemil Nadir, the pitch certification will be available in three weeks, following a laboratory test to be conducted in the Netherlands using a few samples collected from the pitch.

The Sierra Leone Football Association Deputy General Secretary, Mohamed Benson Bawoh, was part of the exercise to ensure that all specifics were carefully taken into account for perfection.

Southern Arena has a 6,000 seating capacity located in the Kandeh Town area close to Njala University, Bo City, Sierra Leone.

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The Sierra Leone Football Association Deputy General Secretary, Mohamed Benson Bawoh, was part of the exercise to ensure that all specifics were carefully taken into account for perfection.

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Sierra Leone national A team, Leone Stars, are set to engage Algeria’s national B side in the United Arab Emirates at the Fujairah Club Stadium on Saturday. 

Kickoff is from 19:00 local time (15:00 hours in Sierra Leone) – it is the third preparation match for Leone Stars in just under two months. 

After two difficult results in their last outings against South Africa and DRC, the Leone Stars will be in the hunt to bounce.

After two difficult results in their last outings against South Africa and DRC, coach John Keister’s side is to continue their groundwork ahead of next year’s Cup of Nations qualifiers against São Tomé and Príncipe.

The Algerians, on the other hand, are preparing to host the 2022 African Nations Championship.

Coach Keister will use the match to assess the depth of his squad, as any of the four new faces could make their Sierra Leone debut.

Jay Tee Kamara from Columbus Crew II, Mbabane Swallows midfielder Mohamed Kabia, US-based attacker Rodney Michael and Mohamed Kamara are all in line to make their Sierra Leone debut.

It’s worth mentioning that Sierra Leone marked their return to the Africa Cup of Nations after more than two decades with a deserving goalless draw with the senior Desert Warriors side in Cameroon at the Japoma Stadium in Douala on January 11, 2022. 

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The former Liverpool attacker was forced off in the first half of Bayern Munich’s 6-1 victory over Werder Bremen.

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African Champions Senegal head coach Aliou Cisse has named a star-studded 2022 Fifa World Cup squad on Friday, November 11, ahead of their opener against the Netherlands.

“We are monitoring the situation and have sent one of our doctors to assess him,” Senegal coach Aliou Cissé said at a press conference in the Senegalese capital Dakar on Friday.

“On Thursday, Sadio spent the whole day in Munich before travelling to Austria for further tests. The good news is that he does not need an operation.

“We want the situation to evolve in two-three weeks. I don’t want to rule him out.”

Without exaggeration, Senegal faces tough matches in Group A against the Netherlands, hosts Qatar and Ecuador. 

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The 43-year-old was able to mastermind first round 4-0 aggregate consecutive victory over Les Buffles du Borgou of Benin. 

However, after their first leg 2-0 defeat against Egyptian side FC Future in Liberia, the ex-Inter Milan striker now faces a massive test to overturn the scoreline.

The Egyptian side Future FC took a brilliant first-leg advantage against Sierra Leone’s FC Kallon after a 2-0 win at the SDK stadium in Liberia last Sunday.

As a result, they are within touching distance of a place in the African Confederation Cup next stage.

The former Inter Milan and Monaco forward told Journalist Fajah Barrie: “We’re going to play an open match in Cairo in the return leg – anything can happen in football.”

Kallon’s elder brother, Musa, a member of the Cavaliers technical team, said: “We lost because of naivety and inexperience, but all is not lost. We are going to fight hard to overturn the result in Cairo.”

Fifteen years ago, FC Kallon eliminated Nigerian side Ocean Boys 1-0 on aggregate in the African Champions League preliminary after both sides played to a goalless draw in Nigeria.

The Cavaliers were eliminated by Ivorian Champions Asec Mimosa 3-1, who won both matches to progress.

In the 2012 CAF Confederation Cup, FC Kallon eliminated Cameroon’s Union Sportive de Douala in the preliminary but faced stiff competition against Nigerian Warri Wolves. They won 2-0 on aggregate in the first round.

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The first edition of the West Africa Champions Cup started at the Yorokoguia sports complex with two Guinean clubs involved as Horoya AC defeated Djoliba AC of Mali. Soar Academy suffered a 2-1 defeat to Casa Sport of Senegal.

On the synthetic turf of Yorokoguiya, goals from Mohamed Djibo Wonkoye and Alseny Soumah were enough for the host team.

Kamara, 23, was named in the Guinean Champions’ starting eleven as they kickstart their four-team pre-season tournament.

The Sierra Leonean sensation of the 2021 African Cup of Nation joined Horoya Athletic Club on a two-year deal in May 2022.

Djoliba AC took the lead shortly before the break. The Malians scored from a good combination in the 42nd before Horoya AC, through Mohamed Djibo Wonkoye, levelled the scoreline in the 44th minute.

In the second half, Alseny Soumah scored the winner for the home side and despite the revolt of Djolba AC, the Matamkas remained calm for the rest of the game.

Mohamed Djibo Wonkoye was elected Man of the Match by the organizers.

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