Gambia: U-19 Team Hold First Italy Training Session

The Gambia National U-19 team had their first training session at the Umbertide Stadion (Stadium) on Sunday evening after a 30-minute drive from their Sporting Hotel camp.

The Gambian team and delegation later on Monday joined five other national cadet teams in a manifestation ceremony. This, according to the Media Officer of The Gambia Football Association in an email sent to Observer Sports is the prelude to the tournament and would be characterised by presentations and match past of the participating teams and their delegation officials.

He intimated that the Gambian team was joined on Sunday by its Honorary Consul General in Italy, Professor Francesco Cristina Santennera and his Secretary, Harriet Saine, a Gambian working at the Consulate in Milan. He added that the two would be with the Gambian team to the end of the finals.

The permanent secretary at the Ministry of Youth and Sports Mambaynick Njie is also expected to join the team today at its opening game against Slovenia in Group A. Also at the Sporting Hotel in Gubbio is the host team Italia that rounded up the first group.

Sunday's training session was held under cold weather that eventually descended into rains. Head coach Peter Bornu Johnson later advised that rain jackets or coats would do better for such conditions in order to avoid the disturbing weather. No injury worries have been reported in camp since arrival.

A technical meeting was scheduled for later Monday evening and Gambia's head of delegation Cherno Bara Touray and assistant coach Lamin Sambou were selected to represent the team at the meeting. But before then, BB Baldeh added that the team's second training session will take place at the Umbertide Stadium in the afternoon.

The Gambia would later be invited to watch a 2nd division match at the Juvetus Stadium in Turin between two local sides. The final item on Monday's programming would be an official dinner thrown by the Organisers at the Gubbio Historical Centre.

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