NEWS : Newcastle United’s teenage sensation propels his country into the AFCON finals with an incredible international debut.

Yankuba Minteh, a player on loan from Newcastle United who is currently playing for Feyenoord, had his fourth appearance in Dutch football last weekend. The young winger was reportedly acquired by United for an estimated £8 million (with future potential add-ons, selling option, etc.) from Danish side Odense.

The 19-year-old player made his Utrecht debut after 55 minutes, with Feyenoord leading 2-1. Yankuba Minteh continued to excel, contributing to the Dutch champs’ 4-1 lead before the crucial moment occurred in extra time.

The NUFC loan winger got past the Utrecht defense, calmly rounded the goalkeeper, and added the winning goal for Feyenoord’s emphatic 5-1 away victory.

Moving forward to this weekend, Yankuba Minteh will undoubtedly remember this as one of her international debuts.

The stakes for Sunday’s game between Gambia and Congo couldn’t have been higher because it would determine whether nation would advance to the AFCON (African Cup of Nations) finals in early 2024. Gambia would not advance to the championship game if Congo won.

The game will be played in Marrakech, Morocco, which will add to the challenges because Gambia lacks a venue appropriate for hosting international games.

Then on Friday evening, Marrakech was struck by a terrible, violent earthquake that has already claimed over 2,000 lives and is anticipated to claim many more.

Despite the postponement of Saturday’s game between Morocco and Liberia in Agadir, which is about 200 miles from the epicenter of the earthquake. The Gambia vs. Congo game was forced to go forward by the football officials despite the two managers’ claims that their players were traumatized by the incident.

The 6.8 magnitude earthquake, the largest earthquake Morocco had experienced in sixty years, occurred in the High Atlas mountains and damaged structures in neighboring Marrakech. The Gambia and Congo squads spent the night resting by their hotel pools.

Tom Saintfiet, manager of the Gambia, stated to Reuters on Saturday:

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