26 February 2013

Gambia: Sawaneh Fails to Score At Mechelen

Gambia international Ebrima Ibou Sawaneh failed to score in his Leuven side's come from behind win at Mechelen at the weekend, but is still second on the Belgian top flight scoring chart with 17 strikes from 25 starts.

The former Beveral and Lech Pozan forward scored his first league goal of the new calender year in OH Leuven's 1-1 home stalemate with Beerschot AC in the previous game to close the gap on Club Brugge's Carlos Bacca who has 19 strikes so far.

Sawaneh, who only failed to make the starting eleven for the newly promoted side only once in his 26 games so far this season, played 90 minutes until he was replaced just a minute into injury time to reserve some energy for the upcoming game against their EUFA Europa League qualifying rivals Standard Liege at the weekend.

Despite the win, Leuven remained 10th on the 16-team top flight Belgian Pro League table with 35 points from 28 games, ten points adrift of the regular post-season playoffs to determine the destination of the title and European qualifiers.

Leuven began the better side at Mechelen's Argus Oil Stadion but were silenced when Seth De Witte scored to give the home side the lead ten minutes before the break that prompted wild celebrations inside the 10,000-seater Stadium.

Leuven went into the break trailing to that 35th minute break and they had to wait until past the hour mark before they can euqalise and subsequently turn the game on its head. Keon Weuts scored to ensure parity in the 67th minute before Nigerian Derick Chuka Ogbu completed the comeback in the 78th minute.

The Gambian is now level on the scoring chart with DR Congo's Anderlecht striker Dieumerci Mbokani on 17, both two goals behind the Colombian Bacca who was on target for Brugge at the weekend.

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