With the Gambia scheduled to play against Guinea Bissau in a friendly match in Portugal this weekend, West Coast Radio has information that Coach Paul Put will not be able to field a full strength side.
The players who won't be available to the Belgian team include goalkeeper Pa Dembo Touray. The Djurgaden and Scorpions captain will miss tomorrow night's game in Lisbon because he is recovering from a minor knee surgery he underwent in Stockholm some two weeks ago.
Pa Dembo is joined in the absentee list by club mate Kebba Ceesay, whom Gambia Sports Online has gathered had a request made on his behalf by team manager Stefan Alven who wants Kebba to be part of the squad due to travel to Helsinki for their preseason training camp.
The other notable absentees are HJK's top marksman Dawda Bah, Sainey Nyassi of New England Revolution, his twin Sanna Nyassi of Colorado Rapids and Ken Mansally. According to Coach Paul Put some players, apparently because of visa difficulty, are yet to confirm their participation.
The slow response has already caused the coach to alter his training programme given that the majority of players were expected to arrive in Lisbon later on Tuesday.