16 March 2012

Gambia: Women U17 Ready for Tunisia

The Gambia Women U-17 team will clash with their Tunisian counterparts tomorrow at the Box Bar mini-stadium in Brikama. The match is among the final round of qualifiers for a place at the world championship in Azerbaijan later this year.

The two sides have never qualified for the world finals before and a lot will be at stake at the West Coast Region administrative capital's artificial turf for the first leg ahead of the return leg in the Tunisian capital in a fortnight. The Gambian team have been holding training sessions at the Gambia Football Association Technical Training Centre in Yundum.

In an interview with Observer Sports, head coach Buba Jallow and Captain Amie Jarju were optimistic that the girl Scorpions will secure a convincing win that they can take to the second leg in Tunis.Amie Jarju said they are fully prepared for tomorrow's game following several weeks of hard fought training. She added that though they had a break between the previous qualifiers against Sierra Leone and Saturday's game, they still try to maintain their fitness.

While admitting that they hardly know anything about their opponents, Jarju said the only thing on their minds is victory, which she promised will be achieved. She finally urged all Gambians to come out and support the team.

For his part, head coach Buba Jallow said the preparations for the game are in high gear, as his team is technically, physically, mentally and tactically in order.Coach Jallow further disclosed that the girls are responding to training and are determined and dedicated. He also appealed to all Gambians to come out and support the team both physically and spiritually as it is the country's first ever female national team.

Assistant coach Choro Mbenga also expressed satisfaction on the level of preparedness of the team for the game, adding that the girls maintained discipline which she said is key. "We will surely bring the trophy to our beloved land," she added. This is the final round of the qualifiers and any team that qualifies over the two legs will secure a maiden berth at the competition that will hold from the 22nd of September to the 13th October 2012.

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