Fifty Gambians including fans, journalists, GFA staff, MOYS and Gambia for Gold officials arrived in Baku, Azerbaijan on Sunday morning. The Gambian fans who were expected to be at the opening of the Gambia's FIFA World Cup campaign and beginning of the world event on Saturday, were delayed in Dakar Friday evening after missing their scheduled Royal Air Maroc flight. The fans drove from Barra en route to Dakar to lodge in a local hotel in Yoff.
As reported by Bakary B Baldeh, media officer of the Gambia Football Association, the delegation headed by Gambia for Gold chairman, Tombong Saidy,continued their journey to Casablanca and further to Istanbul where the group split into four sub-groups to finally arrive in Baku. The split, according to Tombong, was due to limited seat spaces on the Turkish aircraft.
The Gambian fans are lodged at SAFRAN Hotel in Baku which is ten minutes drive to the FIFA based hotel that houses The Gambia U-17 girls and their group opponents. The travelling fans got to know about the result of the first game after jetting into Casablanca when a few of them logged into the internet. However, spirits are not totally down for the Gambian fans that are ready to storm Baku on Tuesday 25th September when the girls take on USA in the second game. Both the USA and France drew in their opening game on Saturday and the Gambian girls like wounded lions will fight to secure a point against one of the hottest favourites in women football.