FOROYAA Newspaper (Serrekunda)

Gambia to Persuade Carayol for Qualifiers

Mustapha Carayol is among list of players that GFA would prioritize on persuading to play for the Gambia national team ahead of the World Cup qualifiers, Foroyaa Sports can reveal.

Musa Njie, technical director, is leading the charge along with national team coaches to bring on fresh faces to the squad and core on the wish-list is Middlesborough's Gambia-born wing-midfielder Mustapha Carayol.

Joe Sise, Sundsvall's Pa Dibba, are aces Gambia Football Association would prioritise on persuading to don the national stripes for a new-look Scorpions side that would crosswords with Ivory Coast next year.

Carayol snubbed a call-up to join the Scorpions on training in 2008 preferring club before country but stated, he may have to yield to Gambia official's advances someday.

The 22-year-old comments offer and ambitious Gambian delegation another chance to bring him on board in preparation against Yaya Toure and Didier Drogba's Ivory Coast.

"It is our intention [to invite new foreign-based players].Bonu is responsible [for contacting players]. Any player who is at that level we will make sure we get him and as far as even talking to the player and that is the best way. Mustapha Carayol would be easier [to convince] than Joshua because he plays for Middlesborough. For every player that is identified, we will try at least to call him if he say no, it is no. In Sweden we have a player called Joe Sise. He plays for Nordsjaelland in Denmark, Saihou Jagne and Amadou Jawo. Amadou is a prolific striker one of the best in the Swedish League and is younger brother to Omar Jawo." Musa Njie explains in a serialized interview with Foroyaa Sports.

Replacement for Pa Dembo Touray, now an aging guard, is another agenda topping the GFA programme and Finland-based 20-year-old Sam Jammeh is tipped to stand between the sticks for the Gambian team in coming games.

"There is a goalkeeper in Finland too called Sam Jammeh. Apart from Pa Dembo we don't have any foreign-based goalkeeper playing professional. So Sam is one of the Keepers being monitored. Kritian Brix [A Gambian by descent and] a team-mate of Tijan Jaiteh in Norway. We will be relying on Tijan Jaiteh on that. Macoumba Kandji playing in U.S." Musa Njie added.

Likely, some of the players mentioned could be in line to make their bow in Gambia's friendly match with Serie A club Siena 14th November, according to Mr. Njie, a former Gambian international.

Losing to Tanzania and drawing Morocco is evident of sluggish start for the Scorpions whose chances in the World Cup 2014 Brazil, hangs on a tiny thin thread.

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