FOROYAA Newspaper (Serrekunda)

11 December 2012

Gambia: Real De Banjul Unwary of Big Names in CL

With Zamalek and Asanti Kotoko in the draw, Real De Banjul gaffer insists he is unconcerned by the big names in the Caf Champions League.

The capital club and holders of the Gambia domestic title has a stunning twelve years absence in the African club tourney face possibility of crossing sword with the aforementioned juggernauts.

But Coach Alagie Sarr is however unmoved and outlines a pinpointed target to reach the group stages instead.

"We are not hoping to avoid any team. If we can reach the group stages that will be good because by that time Caf could give out money and that could help in covering the transportation cost of the players" Alagie Sarr who had won all trophies on offer in Gambian football said during a press conference at the independence stadium yesterday morning.

Sarr's plans will be greeted with delirious unwavering support by club faithful of the capital-based outfit, but reaching such feat will mean breaking new grounds with no Gambian club surpassing the second round of the Champions league preliminary.

Grilled as to whether Sarr could rise to the occasion in the face of this contagious phenomenon of early exits in the first matches, a confident-looking former GPA, Sea View coach laid back on his makeshift chair pausing for seconds before replying with matching gesticulations.

"It can be. Real [De Banjul] is a team too. It is possible" he said.

Vying for the honours in Africa's biggest club showpiece comes with a cost -expenses that could eat deep into minor clubs coffers.

Taking the baton to dilate at the press conference, club president Willy Abraham revealed that the club will stage fundraising programmes to help in his club preparation.

Last year, Gambia's sole representative Brikama United cough up a whopping D2million to foot the bill for the two legged tie with then defending champions Club Esperance Du Tunis and were agonisingly booted amid finance shortage and reported looming crisis.

Abraham however described the WRC side's D2million expense as too small projecting it could go beyond that figure. Willy, the Banjul clubs sitting president disclosed of his club's recent partnership to a Swedish football marketing company.

"The football network will help Real de Banjul affiliate to a European club that will market the players we are to send a player or make a transfer of one of our players" he added, reiterating of the club plan to recruit fresh faces in its squad to beef up it roster for the champions league.

Real De Banjul takes on Casa Sport Today at the Independence stadium in a battle of champions as either side prepare for the Caf champions league.

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