7 December 2012

Gambia/Senegal: Gambia Dismiss Talks of Hosting Senegal's World Cup Games

Gambia have dismissed talks of hosting Senegal's World Cup qualifier matches after Caf banned the Teranga Lions from hosting games at the Leopold Sedat-Senghor stadium.

Reports in the Senegalese media mentioned Gambia and Mauritania as offering to host Senegal's qualifier games and quoted an unnamed official as spokesman of the Gambia Football Association seemingly endorsing the move.

But government-backed Normlaisation Committee spokesperson Omar Sey said the GFA has not been approached and are unaware of any such plans.

"The Senegalese FA has not contacted us and we are not approached neither aware of it. Hosting such games entails providing security and the stadium belongs to government" Omar Sey Normalisation Committee's chairman told Foroyaa Sports yesterday.

Gambia - neighbouring Senegal - is a likely option with a number of Senegalese citizens and cost wise to fly Teranga lion players for matches, initial reports say with Sports Minister Mbagnick Ndiaye quoted to be mulling the offer.

Caf slapped a $100,000 fine banning Senegal from using the Leopold Sedat-Senghor after trouble flared with fans hurling invectives which escalated into riots at a time when the elephants of Ivory Coast were 2-0 up, courtesy of Didier Drogba's brace.

Quizzed as to whether Gambia may consider offering the chance after official exchanges, Omar Sey took a coy approach.

"I cannot decide for the GFA that will involve meeting first." He adds.

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