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Tough world cup draw ….. Scorpions to face Angola in World Cup preliminaries

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Without any intention to sound alarming, The Gambia has an uphill task in the qualifiers for the the CAN and World Cup.

While in the AFCON, the Scorpions could be hopeful to see off minnows Djibouti before joining the party of the big guns, Angola, Gabon and DR Congo, the World Cup preliminaries is a direct war path against top Southern African giant Angola.

The two have been paired for a two-legged knockout in September with the winner advancing to the group stages.

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The pairing is one among 14 made of the 28 lowest ranked teams in the continent.

The tie opens in Banjul on the 2nd September and ends in Luanda on the 10th September
Even Gambia coach Tom Saintfiet admitted the draw is tough.

“I must say it is a rough battle. Angola is probably the strongest opponent we could have in the draw with long travels and expensive costs in hotels,” he told the GFF media.

Saintfiet further illustrated his points stating Angola is a nation where footballers earn up to $10,000 (Ten Thousand Dollars) in the local leagues and their coaches earn between $15-20,000 salaries at club level.

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