The Gambia national team of mainly home-based players is expected to leave Banjul today for Ghana to participate in the 16-nation WAFU nations Cup which begins on Sept 9.
The team currently camped at Sea View Hotel is paired with host Ghana in one of eight pairings that will produce eight teams to be divided into two groups.
The Gambia must eliminate Ghana on September 9 to have a place in one of the groups. While that task may look hard, the Gambian players and officials are refusing to be scared and have vowed to fight and keep the ambition to reach the groupings right through to the match. The team is coached by Omar Sise, who nearly guided the Under 20 to the African Youth championship, fallen on last lap in Conakry.
He has vowed to take fright out of his boys and make them see Ghana as just any other opponent. “This is football and nothing more. We have to win, draw or lose and there is no need to be scared. You just go in there, do your level best and leave the rest to God,” he once told The Standard.