Two months from the Ivory Coast tie, Gambian authorities have entered talks in an attempt to lure winger Pa Amat Dibba, Foroyaa Sports can reveal.
Dibba is one of the FA's prime targets and talks to have the Swedish-based player switch allegiance is at an advanced stage.
The 24-year-old impressed enough and first division club Sundsvall wasted little time to swoop for the ace and went on to establish himself a regular.
"We are in talks with [Pa Dibba's] agent and things appear to be going fine. We are at an advanced stage now" Technical Director Musa Njie told Foroyaa Sports.
The player originates from Gambia's provinces moved abroad at a tender age -his adopted country, Sweden.
He is among a number of players courted by the FA which includes Middleborough's Mustapha Carayol, striker Joe Sise, Everton's Ibou Touray, Macoumba Kandji, Modou Barrow, Espanyol's Bakary Kambi Njie and Sporting Lisbon's defender Seejou King - a Gambian by origin.
Pa Dibba and GIF Sundsvall made the drop from the top flight after finishing on a dismal note last season.
His inclusion gives Coach Mancini a somewhat fiery attacking potent with Demba Savage, Aziz Corr Nyang, the Nyassi twins and Ibou Sawaneh, all vying for a place in the wing.