Lincoln Red Imps beat Almunecar and lose to Iraq in preseason preparations
Lincoln Red Imps, who will be representing Gibraltar football league as league champions in the Champions League have continued their preparations with friendly matches against Iraq and CD Almuñecar City.
In their match against Iraq the club had a chance to involve in their squad youngsters Jonathan Sciortino, Kaleem Smith, Charles Ayodele, Lee Mifsud, Julian Laguea, Lee Chipolina and Kai Mauro. With the match played while a large number of their players were on international duty with Gibraltar.
In what was described as an evenly contested match Lincoln Red Imps were to face a narrow 1-2 defeat.
They were, however, to show their power in front of goal against CD Almuñecar City in a 5-0 victory. Goals from Maney, Marco Rosa Blanco, Juanfri, Kike and Lee Chipolina providing them victory.
The has also announced new signings. Among them Santiago Jiménez Luque who joins them from CD Coria and has been training with the team these past weeks.
In an official announcement they also revealed the signings of Ibrahim Ayew and Djumaney ‘Maney’ Burnet as Head Coach, Javi Munoz, boosts his squad ahead of the UCL.
Maney joins from Glacis where he made 18 appearances in all competitions. The 22-year-old, who can operate in midfield and defence, learned his trade with the youth teams of Willem II, Brabant United, and FC Den Bosch.
“Signing with Lincoln is an exciting move for me,” admitted Maney to Lincoln Red Imps official website.
“I am looking forward to making a contribution to the club and continuing to make progress in the right direction. “To be part of this excellent club is a real honour for me.”
Their second signing needs no introduction to local football or world football for that matter having been part of Europa and later joined Bruno Magpies.
“ The Humble Lion has shown his qualities over the years with his strong defensive work and a constant threat going forward. Ayew, brother of Premier League stars Andre and Jordan.”
He was to tell Lincoln Red Imps official website
“To be signing for such a special and well-respected club means so much to me,” he said. “There is so much history and tradition connected to the club and I intend to use all of my experience in the game to propel Lincoln to the top, where it belongs.
“I want to do my talking on the pitch and can’t wait to meet the fans and be part of the Lincoln Family when the season starts.”
Head Coach, Javi Munoz, later said on the two signings and how they’ve fitted into the team this week.
“Both signings have increased the competitive levels within the squad, which will make us improve as a whole.
“Maney is still young and is a player who has shown a lot of desire to improve. He can play in several positions which will benefit the team. Ayew is an experienced player in this League, which is helpful. His strength and ambition to keep winning will help us improve.”
Lincoln Red Imps will be playing in Azerbijan in their first match in the Champions League.