One person’s joy is another person’s sadness! Two new YB attackers are currently testing this ancient wisdom. While Ebrima Kohli celebrates, Sylvère Ganvola is shocked. But one by one.
In July, Congolese Sylvère Ganfula moved to YB on a free transfer, and his contract with Bundesliga club VfL Bochum had expired. He scored one goal in his first eight appearances for the Bernese. This is enough to return to the Congo national team after a break of about 1.5 years.
Genvola will also be in the starting line-up for the final qualifier for the 2024 Africa Cup of Nations. The 27-year-old scored a 2-0 lead against Gambia from the penalty spot shortly before half-time. If we had won, qualification would have been perfect.
But after the break, the Gambians increased their pressure. After 79 minutes, Yankuba Minteh scored 1:2. The striker came on as a replacement for Ebrima Kohli, who YB loaned from Atalanta Bergamo shortly before the transfer deadline.
After 90 minutes, things got better for Gambia – or even worse for Congo: Mohammed Badosi even made it 2-2, replacing former FCZ striker Assane Ceesay.
This point is enough for Gambia to qualify for the 2024 African Cup of Nations in Ivory Coast. Ebrima Kohli is happy with Instagram, just like Saidi Janko. The YB full-back has been playing for Gambia since 2021, but was not in the squad for the match against Congo.
For the Congolese, the African Cup dream is over, as Silvieri Janvola felt disappointed on Instagram.
The next opportunity for a moment of success comes on Friday, when the YB striker meets Xamax in the cup.
For the Bernese champions, qualifying for the African Cup is a double-edged sword. The tournament will be held in mid-January 2024 and last about a month.
In addition to Ebrima Kole, Meshack Elia also qualified for the Democratic Republic of the Congo. Both players will likely be missing during this time, but Gianvola and Janko will be available.
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