By Sulayman Bah
Helsinki had a mammoth task of beating APOEL in the second-leg of the Uefa Champions League third round qualifiers after both side drew two-all with the Gambian accounting for both of his club goals in the first-leg, in Finland.
But a much hyped Helsinki fell short of attaining the much needed win that would have guaranteed their automatic qualification into the last play-offs hurdle, as the hosts made home advantage count beating the visitors 2-0 to settle for a final 4-2 aggregate.
Uncapped Gambian player Macoumba Kandji did not feature as he serves suspension for seeing red in the first-leg, but Demba Savage had a full go unmistakable presence in the starting line up till end of time.
The end result was a mark of another heart-piercing moment for Gambia’s goal machine Savage whose hope of playing champions league football vanished.
At the time of going to press, the 20-year-old uncapped Gambian defense ace Pa Konate was an unused substitute as his Swedish champions Malmo were on the brink of 2-0win over Czech club Sparta Praha. Follow details of this story in our next edition.