Samba Sow has given praise to Nottingham Forest goalkeeper Brice Samba ahead of Sunday’s Championship play-off final.

The Malian midfielder spent two seasons at Forest before being released at the end of his contract last summer.

During 2021/22 he’s been on the books with Lens in Ligue 1 but a familiar situation has arisen.

Injuries have restricted Sow to just nine appearances for the club’s reserve team and he’s failed to play a senior game all season.

The experienced performer has cast a close eye towards Nottingham and his former club this season.


Sow heaps praise on Samba
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Sow is delighted to see Forest on the cusp of the Premier League and ahead of Sunday, he’s heaped praise on Samba.

He told Nottinghamshire Live: “I know Brice is a great, great keeper. Sometimes I even want to slap his face because I know he can do more.

“It was crazy. It was a big game against United and he made some great saves. To save three penalties was a dream for him.

“I’m happy for him and happy for the team.”

Sow signed for Forest in 2019 from Dinamo Moscow and his tough-tackling approach quickly saw him become a fan favourite.

Injuries did prove a problem though. The 33-year-old made 42 appearances across two seasons and if he wasn’t injured he’d often find himself suspended.

Still, he did perform a quality partnership with Ben Watson during the 2019/20 campaign as Forest nearly claimed a play-off place.

Sow heaps praise on Samba and he must produce another Forest masterclass on Sunday

Sheffield United was a tough test but Forest face another one on Sunday at Wembley.

In Huddersfield, they will meet the division’s form team and a bunch of players who have defied the odds all season.

As a result, they will need Samba to be on top of his game once again this weekend.

Sow heaps praise on Samba
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The penalty-saving hero should be buoyed from his last outing and a confident Samba is an asset to any team.

Clearly, Sow enjoyed his time on Trentside and after attending the play-off semi-final he will be an intrigued spectator again on Sunday.

Hopefully, Forest can complete the job.

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