Nov 18, 2009, 6:58 PM
Steve Biko prolific striker Assan Jatta better known as Bierhoff, who returned home after undergoing a two-week trial with an unnamed club in Spain, a fortnight ago made his presence fell with a clinical close range effort as he rescued the Bakau giant killers Steve Biko from conceding a defeat when they were held to a 1-1 draw against AFPASCHLM, a Division One outfit in the Senegalese premier tier football.
The visitors took a late first half lead in the 44th through Omar Sarr, who capitalised on a poor defending to slot home a brilliant opener for his side's only goal of the match after team mate Muhammeh Den's clever lay-off.
The Senegalese side that has put in a brilliant performance against their Gambian counterparts was made to pay the price for some sloppy defending, while Bierhoff wasted no time in firing home from a close range strike following an unselfish pass by striker-partner Saikou Sidebeh to rescue Biko from conceding a defeat.
Assan's return will surely help Biko in their hunt to secure their first league title in as many decades. But Biko’s success in this season many believed will depend largely on the shoulders of quite a good number of youngsters who have just been injected into the team like Mekuta Manneh, Ousman Njie, Saikou Sidibeh, among other talented youngsters, who were all given their first taste of the country's top flight football.
Steve Biko under the inspirational leadership of Kemo Ceesay, who has no doubt proven to be both the head and the heart of the Bakau giant killers, has already established itself as one of the leading exporters of the country’s young talents as manifested by the number of stars recently being exported to various leagues around the world.
Meanwhile, AFPASCHLM who are in the country for a three week-training camp are using this friendly as part of the preparation before the start of the Senegalese league.
The friendly match Pointsport learnt was made possible through the efforts of Haji Drammeh, a sport reporter working with the West Coast Radio.
Steve Biko has had a perfect start to the league with two wins in a row, but they conceded their first defeat against Gamtel 1-nil last weekend.
This international friendly will go a long way in trying to help them regain the form.