Gambian striker Kekuta Manneh scored Vancouver Whitecaps FC’s first-ever hat-trick in Major League Soccer en route to a historic 4-1 victory over Seattle Sounders on Wednesday evening at CenturyLink Field.
Making just his fourth start this season, the 18-year-old Gambian scored twice in the first half and added an insurance marker in the 59th minute, becoming the youngest player in MLS history to score three goals in one match.
The former Steve Biko forward opened his account for the night on 12 minutes, sliding a left-footed effort underneath the on-rushing Seattle goalkeeper Michael Gspurning.
Nigerian striker, Peter Odemwingie scored for Cardiff City in the Barclays English Premier League on Saturday in the club’s 1-2 loss to Newcastle United at the Cardiff City stadium.
Odemwingie scored after 58 minutes after turning Fabricio Coloccini inside out before unleashing a powerful low shot from the edge of the area that beat the Newcastle United goalkeeper, Tim Krul.
The goal which was the attacker’s first for the club in the league however represented scant consolation for the Bluebirds as they failed to find another goal to restore parity.
The Cardiff City Manager, Malky Mackay said Odemwingie’s goal was important as it gave his side the impetus to try and score a second.
Mustapha Kebbeh (L) at ChildFun
After 17 months of a painstaking normalization process, a new President has been elected to run Gambian football as Mustapha Kebbeh emerged as winner of the Gambia Football Federation presidential elections.
Development worker Kebbeh, scored a decisive victory over his sole rival, banker Momodou Musa. Kebbeh polled 30 of the 51 votes. His election ends a 17 month caretaker period for the seven-member normalization committee, with whom supporters of the victor have not always been impressed.
Kebbeh will now steer the affairs of Gambian football for the next four years at least. He took almost 60% of the vote – a clear mandate by all standards.
Senegal have dropped 23 places on the latest Fifa World Rankings and are now at 99 globally, their lowest position ever.
The drop puts the Teranga Lions 25th on the continent.
Ivory Coast still top the table for Africa but have fallen a place to 13 overall.
Other big losers in June's rankings are Benin, who dropped 16 places globally, while Guinea and The Gambia both fell 15 spots.
Chad made the biggest gain as they leapt 12 spots to 154 in the world and 41st in Africa.
The top four overall remain unchanged with World and European Champions Spain at the top of the list ahead of Germany, Argentina and Croatia.