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Yankuba joins Metz and loaned to Pau FC

Yankuba Jarju speeding away against Horoya in Conakry

Former Real de Banjul goal poacher Yankuba Jarju has joined French Ligue 2 side FC Metz from Senegalese partner club Generation Foot and loaned to Pau FC.

FC Metz will be playing in the second tier of French football after they finished bottom in Ligue 1 and Jarju's signing is seen as an investment in the future as he will be joining Championnat National side Pau FC for the rest of the 2018/19 season.

The lanky forward is the latest former Real de Banjul wonderkid to turn professional looking in the footsteps of a long list of players from the likes of Ebou Sillah, Pa Dembo Touray, Omar Colley, Bubacarr Trawally, Ken Mansally, Bubacarr Sanneh and Ablie Jallow.

 Jarju, 21, was Generation Foot's second leading scorer last term with 11 goals which included a memorable performance at Stade Amadou Barry where he scored four times against Guediawaye FC.

"I'm delighted to start a new chapter of my young career after a good season with Generation Foot in the Senegalese league. This is a dream come true for me to turn professional and I look forward to joining my new teammates at Pau FC", Jarju  told www.realdebanjul.gm.

"I started the season very well scoring and assisting goals but I had an unfortunate injury which halted my progress in terms of goals but am very satisfied with my output. I know the areas that I need to develop on and this move will give me the opportunity to continue my development as a striker", added Jarju.

"My thanks and appreciations to Real de Banjul because they made me believe that I can be a pro and today I have realised that. The executives, coaching staffs, former teammates, fans and everyone associated to our great football club I would like to say thank you for everything".

The Scorpions forward registered 16 goals in his last season with Real de Banjul (2017/18) and won his first international cap for the national team against Guinea Bissau in Bakau.

"We're very pleased with Yankuba's development over the last season with our partner club Generation Foot whom we have a fantastic relationship with", said Real de Banjul Club President William Abraham.

"Yankuba Jarju is a very determined kid and I am not surprised that he is joining Metz who are sending him on a season's loan to Pau FC where he will have a good opportunity to get used to the French style of football".

"We've always believed that he is good enough to play professional football and today he has achieved that but there's more to come from him", added Willie.

Everyone at Real de Banjul would like to wish Yankuba Jarju all the best in the next step of his career with Pau FC

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Sporting Real crowned champions of Banjul

Captain Saidou Badjie lifting the trophy

Real de Banjul Football Club's feeder team Sporting Real where on Friday 13th April crowned champions of the Banjul regional league after edging Young Hawks on penalties.

The two junior sides renewed the footballing rivalry between Real and Hawks when they face each other at the Banjul Mini Stadium. The two sides had their moments in the game but poor finishing and some great goalkeeping forced the match to the nerve racking penalty shootouts which Sporting won.

Sporting Real qualified to the final following a superb goalscoring run of 17 goals in five matches. Lamarana Jallow and Salifu colley where the teams leading scores with four goals each before the final.

Saihou Manjang's free scoring charges opened their account against Tobacco Road whom they edge 3-2 with goals from Kutubo Darboe, Bubacarr Tambedou and Lamarana Jallow.

The youngsters in white followed that up three consecutive 4-0 victories over Nawec, Unicorns and Sankung respectively before drawing 2-2 against Interior.

Sporting Real will be Banjul's sole representative at the triangular qualifiers for a place in the Gambia Football Federation Second Division. 

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Majorr makes GFF awards shortlist

Real de Banjul coach Majorr Saine has been shortlisted for the monthly Gambia Football Federation coach of the month award with two other coaches.

It is the first time that the Real de Banjul boss is making the shortlist which has been won in the past months by Gamtel coach Sulayman Kuyateh.

The 12-time champions of the league have recorded three successive victories this month after a surprised 2-1 defeat to Banjul United in Week 12.

Majorr and his charges mastered a solid 1-0 win over arch rivals Hawks with Ebrima Jatta neat glancing header securing the points at the Independence Stadium.

Tallinding United and Fortune FC where the latest victims of Majorr charges in Week 14 and 15. Ebou Sanyang scored twice from the spot to give Real de Bnajul a deserved 2-1 win.

Alasana Jatta's calm first half finish on Monday handed Real a second successive victory over the new boys on the block Fortune FC.

The two other contenting coaches are Sulayman Kuyateh of Gamtel and Modou Lamin Nyassi of Brikama United.     

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Sanneh and James receive U-20 WAFU call up

Real de Banjul defenders Muhammed Sanneh and James Gomez have been called up to The Gambia squad for this month's WAFU Fox Sports U-20 tournament to held in Liberia from 24th April to 6th May.

The duo have been regulars this season for the 12 time Gambian league champions who have closed the gap at the top of the league to five points after six straight wins in second half of the season.

Muhammed who plays across the back and in midfield recently returned from a two-week trial with Danish top tier side FC Midtjylland where he impressed club officials. He was Real de Banjul's match winner against Steve Biko in Week 17 of the GFF Division One with a late near post towering header.

Muhammed challenging for an aerial ball

James Gomez is enjoying a fine debut season with Real after joining in the close season and wasted no time to be a key member of Majorr Saine's squad with his aireal prowess and ability to move with the ball from defense.

The duo will join the rest of the squad on Wednesday 18th April at noon in camp at the GFF Football Hotel in Yundum to continue their preparations before departing on Monday 23rd April.

The Gambia is placed in Group B of the zonal tournament for U-20s alongside Senegal, Mali and Guinea.

Former Real de Banjul title winning coach Mattar Mboge is leading the team following his elevation from his previous U-17s role.

The Young Scorpions will open their account against Guinea on Wednesday 25th April at the Samuel Kanyon Doe Sports Stadium in Monrovia before taking on neighbors Senegal two days later and Mali in their last group match.

James (left) posing with former RDB captain Bubacarr Sanneh

The two top ranked teams in each group will advance to the Semi Finals and subsequently the will be played on May 6th at the Antoinette Tubman Stadium.

Real de Banjul wishes the Young Scorpions all the very best in Liberia.  

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Majorr shortlisted for GFF awards

Real de Banjul coach Majorr Saine has been shortlisted for the monthly Gambia Football Federation coach of the month award with two other coaches.

It is the first time that the Real de Banjul boss is making the shortlist which has been won in the past months by Gamtel coach Sulayman Kuyateh.

The 12-time champions of the league have recorded three successive victories this month after a surprised 2-1 defeat to Banjul United in Week 12.

Majorr and his charges mastered a solid 1-0 win over arch rivals Hawks with Ebrima Jatta neat glancing header securing the points at the Independence Stadium.

Tallinding United and Fortune FC where the latest victims of Majorr charges in Week 14 and 15. Ebou Sanyang scored twice from the spot to give Real de Bnajul a deserved 2-1 win.

Alasana Jatta's calm first half finish on Monday handed Real a second successive victory over the new boys on the block Fortune FC.

The two other contenting coaches are Sulayman Kuyateh of Gamtel and Modou Lamin Nyassi of Brikama United.     

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