- Monday, 06 February 2012
- Written by Modou Lamin Beyai
This past weekend saw Gambia international goal-keeper Pa Dembo Touray and his People’s Team defeat both Zambian giants, Red Arrows and Zesco United in training encounters at the Athlone Stadium.
A beefed up Santos squad had no problem displaying their superiority on home soil against the visiting powerhouses this past Friday and Sunday. The addition of Nasief Morris’ experience was evident in Friday’s fixture when the Cape-based side showed off their water-tight defense.
Pa Dembo was given his debut in the friendly though he will have to wait until next week Wednesday to make his official Premier League debut for the team when they face Moroka Swallows.
Santos’ fortress at the back allowed greater numbers going forward, and to now surprise The People’s Team managed to put 3 goals passed Red Arrows. Wana enjoyed a brace, but also had a hand in the final goal by forcing a defensive error, causing Red Arrows to concede an own goal.
It seems as though Wana has been reborn following the break, scoring his first from distance with a powerful shot, and the second creating a one-on-one situation with his blistering pace. On Sunday, Santos took on Zesco United in heat that made the supporters uncomfortable in the shade.
Pa Dembo and his People’s Team again put 3 passed their opposition, with goals coming from Shafiek Arendse and Jonathan Armogam [who scored a brace]. Following the midweek transfer announcements, this fixture provided an ideal opportunity to evaluate Pa Dembo Touray and youngster Neo Segalo.
Besides for a small blunder, Pa Dembo convinced onlookers why he was rated Sweden’s top goalkeeper last year; Segalo showed off his silky touches and vision, creating scoring opportunities with any part of his foot.
Pa Dembo and his Santos will now hope that they can maintain this form and consistency into the second half of the campaign when they’ll be taking on Moroka Swallows.