The waiting is over. The Gambia national youth team, the Under-20 is on the spotlight this afternoon in Guinea where it will take on Mali in the Wafu Zone A youth championship.
As defending champions, The Young Scorpions who are surrounded by Guinea Bissau, Liberia and tonight’s opponents Mali in Group B, must start and end the group matches with the same vigour or even higher than they manifested in Monrovia when they won the title in the last edition in May 2018.
There are of course a different set of boys but the same coach Matar Mboge remains and is intending to retain the title. Other contenders are in group B and they include Senegal, Sierra Leone and Mauritania and host Guinea. The Gambia’s second match will be played on Wednesday against Liberia, the vice champions who are seeking a revenge from the defeat Gambia inflicted on them in their backyard to take the cup. With Guinea Bissau have withdrawn the group has been reduced to only three.
Semi finals then follows leading to the grand final, on December 8. Head Coach Mattar Mboge has been quoted by the GFF media as saying: “We want you to continue the support. We are very happy so far and the boys are ready. Playing Mali and Liberia within just two days will be tough so we will have to manage the squad and maintain fitness but the boys are ready to put up a good fight.”
Goalkeepers: Ebrima CHAM (Gamtel), Lamin SAIDY (Real de Banjul).
Defenders: Pa Ousman GAI (Banjul United), Muhammed SANNEH (FC Paide, Estonia), Habibou MENDY (Brikama United), James GOMEZ (Real de Banjul), Moses JASSEY (Ports Authority), Modou NDOW (Seattle Sounders II, USA), Modou MANNEH (Brikama United).
Midfielders:-Muhamed KABBA (Ports Authority), Lamin SAIDYKHAN (Fortune), Matarr CEESAY (Casa Sport, Senegal), Tijan MARR (Fortune), Alieu FADERA (Real de Banjul), Momodou CHAM (BK Milan), Abdoulie SARR (Banjul United).
Forwards:-Momodou BOJANG (Casa Sport, Senegal), Buba JAMMEH (Mezo-Kovesdzsory, Hungary), Omar DAMBA (Sheffield Wednesday, England), Basiru MBYE (KV Oostende, Belgium).