Demba Ba – 'Bilic was right to not start me'

Beşiktaş striker Demba Ba revealed that he agreed with head coach Slaven Bilic not giving him the start in the 2-0 win over Trabzonspor at the Avni Aker stadium.

Ba was eventually brought on for Daniel Opare on 57 minutes and scored just 63 seconds after coming on.

“This is a tough place for any team, I was not surprised to start on the bench, with the foreign player restrictions it made sense in terms of team selection,” Ba was quoted as saying on Lig Tv.

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The Senegalese international also stated that he was delighted to break a personal record in terms of league goals scored in a single season.

The goal was the fastest goal by a substitute in this Süper Lig campaign and also marked the Senegalese internationals 17th league goal – a career record.

“I scored and we won, of course I am delighted, we proved today that we are genuine contenders in the title race,” he added.


The win over Trabzonspor ended the Black Sea Storms six game winning streak at home – their best home run since 2012.

Ba now has has a total of 25 goals and seven assists in all competitions for the Black Eagles since joining from Chelsea on a £6 million move in the summer.

Beşiktaş moved back into first place, overtaking Fenerbahçe who beat last placed 4-3 on Saturday.