FOROYAA Newspaper (Serrekunda)

7 December 2012

Gambia: Real De Banjul to Bolster Squad for CAF Champions League

Looking to make an impression, Real De Banjul has target beefing up its squad ahead the capital club's debut in the Caf Champions League since in 2001.

The Gambia Football Association league winners participate in the continent's biggest club show and gaffer Alagie Sarr has disclosed his plans to add experience to his roster before the turn of the year.

In an in-depth talk with Foroyaa Sports yesterday, Alagie Sarr, a former Gambia international who will make his 13th appearance in the club competition, vowed to hit a new height counting on the capital club's ubiquitous scouts to draft in experienced players as he aims to shoot GFA title winners to the apex of glory.

"We will try to bring new players that are experienced and sign them to help us in the competition because in this tournament, you need good players that can play at that level. We have good young players that we are looking at with my scouts. But you know most them are from the Nawettan so it will be crucial to add some more. We could get them from even here or Ghana or other African countries." the ex-Viktoria Aschaffenburg player states, hoping to propel Real De Banjul to the crescendo of success as in his Gambia Ports Authority days when he took over the ferry Boys managerial job in 2006.

Trusted statistics shows no Gambian domestic club has surpassed the caf club tourney second round hurdle but Sarr who boast of a pack of all trophies on offer for Gambian football, sets his audacious ambition on breaking the jinx of 'no further goers' in the CL - a contagious phenomenon that gripped Gambian teams.

Brikama United - community owned outfit- were Gambia's sole representative last year but coach Sulayman Kuyateh's side meeting with Club Esperance De Tunis meant an early exit point for the West Coast Region -based setup. Notching the pieces from the lessons that come with such a pulsating tie, Sarr knows well the mental density exposed players provide at a particular level.

In the showpiece, sixty eight African clubs vie for the stakes and Real De Banjul intends to go beyond the preliminaries.

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