Athlete Spotlight: Kebba Janneh
Devin Schelske, sports editor
Photograph of Kebba Janneh dribbling the ball downfield against Hamline, taken by Kevin Healy at Pat Paterson Field on Sept. 13
Augsburg Mens Soccer star Kebba Janneh has been shooting the lights out since game one of the 2023 season. He scored both the team’s goals in the tie against Linefield. Now the team is on a five game winning streak and Janneh is on pace to break Augsburg’s single season record for goals scored. Through just six games he has a tally of eight goals which is the most in the MIAC and second most in the nation. Though he’s pretty good at it, Janneh doesn’t just score. He also leads the conference in points with 20 (eight goals, four assists) making him a dual threat and overwhelming to any defensive strategy. Janneh is no stranger to leading the conference as last year he led the MIAC with 14 goals. He continues to play a key role in the Auggies relentless offensive attack that’s statistically the best in the conference. The scariest part is, Janneh is only a junior. He has the rest of this season and next season to torch defenses with his laser shots. This also means more time for him to build chemistry with the rest of the team. In the 2022 season, the Auggies were the MIAC leaders in goals scored per game. Now, in 2023 they’re currently leading the same category and looking to put more goalkeepers to shame.
I had the great pleasure of speaking to Janneh about his stellar 2022 season and how he plans to continue pouring on the offense this year. When asked about what it means to him to lead the MIAC in points scored, he remarked, “It’s an honor. There’s a lot of good players in the MIAC and for me to be doing that is humbling and an achievement and I thank God for that.” When asked about ambitions for the remainder of the season, Janneh revealed. “As a team we want to go undefeated. 1-0 everyday. We want to win the MIAC and MIAC playoffs. Individually, I want to lead the MIAC in goals and points. Hopefully I’ll win MIAC player of the year since I’m currently on track for that but for me, the team comes first so winning the MIAC and MIAC playoffs for sure.”
The Auggies currently stand at an undefeated 5-0-1 record with the help of Janneh’s precise striking. This includes two wins against conference opponents Hamline and St. Mary’s. When asked about an opponent who would be the most satisfying to score on, Janneh exclaimed, “Gustavus! We have a rivalry with them. Last year we tied due to a late goal from them.” Fans can rest assured that Janneh will help to lead the Auggies’ punishing offense to a win against their opponent Saint John’s University on Sept. 26.