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In Belgium: Tough weekend encounter for Assan Jatta and Mariekerke

Oct 21, 2011, 3:01 PM | Article By: Lamin Drammeh

In the Belgian third division league, Gambian striker Assan Jatta and his Mariekerke side are expected to return to action with a crucial away tie against Sint-Gillis Wass as the club look at turning its fortune around, following a dismal start to the campaign.

The former K. Lierse S.K. International, who has penned down a one-year contract with the Belgian outfit, has been a key performer since moving to Mariekerke a couple of months ago.

But he has failed in his attempt to turn the club’s fortune around after series of poor results have seen them struggle to make any significant impact collecting only four points in their last seven outings as a result.

The 24-year-old former Steve Biko forward sensation was on target in Mariekerke’s 2-1 defeat at home to Dilbeek a result which confirms the club’s fifth consecutive defeat in seven games.

They face a must-win situation to salvage their place in the league when they rub shoulders with Sint-Gills-Wass in what promises to produce a titanic encounter on Sunday.

Jatta could do little to rescue his Mariekerke side from conceding their fifth straight defeat of the season but his current goal-scoring run of fine form could prove a turning moment in the club’s quest for survival.

He scored twice in seven league appearances in a Mariekerke shirt since switching to the club from local side Steve Biko in the opening stage of the Belgian third tier campaign two months ago.