3 January 2013

Gambia: Mamadou Futty Danso Considering Gambia Future

Gambian international defender Mamadou Futty Danso has thrown his international future in doubt, after saying that he has three months to decide whether to continue playing for the Scorpions or otherwise. The Portland Timbers defender was speaking to West Coast Radio's Abdoulie Bah in an exclusive interview this week.

When quizzed on his future by the reporter, Futty said he is still uncommitted to continue playing for the national team and will make a decision between now and the Scorpions 2014 World Cup qualifier away to Ivory Coast in March.

The former Steve Biko defender refused to go into detail as to why he has decided to consider his international future with The Gambia considering his importance to the team. But it might have to do with fitness problems and long hours of travelling between the United States of America and Africa. The fact that the Major League Soccer (MLS) season did not pause during the international break also deprived Danso some valuable games at club level.

In each of the past couple of seasons that the Timbers played in the top tier of United States soccer, the 29-year-old Gambian defender's season has been disrupted by muscle problem. He missed large parts of the two seasons because of serious injuries and it could be that he now wants to concentrate on club football only.

Danso also said he will have to discuss the situation with his MLS club when he receives an invitation from the Gambian football authorities before a decision will be made. But he was quick to add that should he decides to continue playing, he will be fully committed to face off against the star-studded Ivorian team that boasts the likes of Didier Drogba, Yaya Toure and Chieck Tiote, amongst others.

Commenting on the changes in the administration of football in the country, Danso opined that it will not affect the performance of the national team. But he warned that if the necessary support is not given to the team, their performance will continue to drop. He added that the team deserve all the motivation and should be playing international test games that will prepare them for competitive outings.

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