A 30-member Gambian delegation headed by the deputy permanent secretary at the Ministry of Youth and Sports, Malang Jassey arrived the Houari Boumediene Airport in Algiers on Monday afternoon. The delegation was received at the foot of the aircraft by Mohamed Boukaroum, Federal Bureau member of the Algerian Football Federation.
The Gambian delegation is hosted at the Hotel Safir Mazaphran in Zeralda and will continue to stay there until their game against the Desert Foxes slated for this Friday at 19:30 Gambian time in Blida's Mustapha Tchaker Stadium. The game is the return leg of the second qualifying round of the 2013 South African AFCON.
The Gambian team arrived on a day that the host nation also returned home from their trip to Ouagadougou (Burkina Faso) where they played their second Brazil World Cup qualifier against Mali due to the current unrest in the West African country. Both teams will enter the game coming at the back of respective away defeats with similar score lines as they both lost 2-1 to Tanzania and Mali respectively. But it will be the North Africans who will come into the game in better shape following their 2-1 win in Banjul in February.
The Algerian team following their arrival directly went to the National Technical Centre of the Algerian Football Federation in Sidi Moussa, and conducted a training session at NTC playing field. The coaching staff after their arrival in Algiers gave a free day to Real Sociedad's Medhi Lacen to miss the training session at Sidi Moussa on Tuesday evening.
The Algerian national team coach, nVahid Halilhodzic will also host a press conference today, Wednesday, June 13, 2012 at 11:00 Algerian time in the centre of the OCO Press Boudiaf in Algiers where he is expected to answer questions from the press in regard to the match against the Scorpions.