According to reports from Monrovia, the Gambian team is billed to train today Friday and Saturday evening. Sources close to the delegation said everyone is keen to go over the match and return as the city is gripped with heightened hysteria about the Ebola virus, which has in fact not been reported anywhere near the capital.
On the pitch Sunday, The Gambia’s coach, Tapha Manneh, would seek to outplay his host by fielding a team that must prove its gem, and live to a billing so sensational last week with sterling performances in three warm-up games.
One of the key players behind that raised hope is Madi Fatty of Real de Banjul, but the availability of foreign based players including Alieu Sowe among others, means Manneh is spoilt with choice in key departments like defence and forward.
Youth football is the most successful chapter in Gambian football history. The leading light being of course the Baby Scorpions, the U-17, which won two African titles and made a headline grabbing appearance in the World Cup in 2005.
The furthest the U-20 attained was a bronze medal in Brazzaville in January 2007 followed by a lackluster World Cup appearance in Canada the same year. Would Tapha Manneh and his charges climb any higher?]]>