Two friendly international games are in the offing for the Gambia senior squad, Foroyaa Sports can reveal.
The test matches billed for February, will be the Scorpion's first after the Angola stalemate in December, just in the nick of time - a month away from the Ivory Coast World Cup qualifier game in March.
A Saloum Faal last-gasp goal drew level for the visiting Scorpions up against 2010 African Cup of Nations host, Angola.
The test matches sketched out to build up from the Angola tie, is aimed at revitalizing Gambia's hopes to qualify from the group after a shaky start.
"We are planning few friendly matches - two matches but nothing confirmed yet. But there are two countries on the schedule for now" Musa Njie Technical Director of the Gambia Football Association who wouldn't disclose the proposed names on the table, revealed to Foroyaa Sports yesterday.
The proposed matches are to coincide with FIFA's friendly dates.
Italian Coach Mancini has a mountainous task of injecting lifeline into hearts of Gambian fans whose patience with the team is incredibly running thin as a result of repeated catalogue of disappointments over the past years.
The Italian has yet to win a game since been passed the coaching baton as replacement for sacked Paul Put now Burkina Faso coach.
He was held by visitors Morocco, mauled by Algeria and sent packing by pre-game underdogs Tanzania.
The Angola draw -Gambia's first international friendly under the Normalisation Committee - is the 54-year-old Italian gaffer first slightly positive result which he could pounce on as a presented chance to reinstate glimmer of hope into heart-wrenched Scorpions die-hard faithful.