Apr 24, 2009, 8:51 AM
Pa Amadou Gai, alias Daddy Gai, was key in Ashlem's 2-2 draw against Goree on Saturday at the Stade Demba Jobe in the Senegalese first division league.
Daddy Gai assisted in the two equalizing goals for Ashlem to share the points with current 5th position Goree in the week thirteen encounter.
The former Bakau United star's first assist came in the 26th minute when he dropped the ball for pair forward Khadim Faal to level the scores 1-1 after they conceded an early goal in the 5th minute through Henri Oliver Kabo.
His efforts at levelling the scores for his struggling side that lies 14th position on the sixteen-team league table was cancelled just six minutes after their jubilation by Alassan Jallow after he capitalised on a defensive error which saw him send a powerful shot for Ashlem’s goal keeper Amadou Ba but it was too fast too strong for him to control.
The Gambian international, who has won many caps for national duties, proved he was worth being in the forward line by assisting in the second equalizing goal seven minutes into the second half after a foul on him that resulted in a free-kick, taken by Kharim Jobe.
Goree coach Papa Ebrima Faye could not sit any longer and kept looking at the lanky Gambian forward creating more threats to his defence.
He could not score as a result of the tight marking but assisted in the two goals, which created a threatening moment in the defence.
Daddy sustained a knock on his right eye and was immediately substituted in the 70th minute of the game.
He told waiting journalists immediately after the game that he was given tight marking by opponents because of his popular name in the game. "So they didn't allow me any space to score my own goals," he said.
Ashlem's assistant coach Gibbi Jeng said Daddy's presence in his team has a positive impact.
"Our position in the league table is something that did not discourage me and therefore I will continue with my team to get better results so as to avoid the risk of relegation in the first round and further improve in the second round," said coach Gibbi Jeng.