31 January 2013

Gambia/Senegal: FA Tight-Lipped On Outcome of Talks to Host Senegal Games

Gambia Soccer body has remained mute over the outcome of talks to host two Senegal international friendly matches in Banjul.

Senegal has been banned and fined by the Confederation of African Football for the action of the home spectators which led to the abortion of the Taranga Lion-Ivory Coast qualifier game in Dakar late last year.

The suspension means Senegal will be unable to conduct matches at the Stade Leopold Senghor and the Gambia is being 'seriously' considered as an option to host its neighbour's matches.

Senegal dispatched a delegation to the Gambia to inspect hotel facilities for a possible lodging of the Senegalese team including the Independence Stadium.

Both parties have entered talks over the issue but the GFA is mute over disclosing the outcome of the behind closed door meeting.

At some point, it was believed that the even if both parties have reached a common ground, the possibilities of holding the games here will still require government approval.

Contacted for comments, the GFA spokesperson said he is not in the picture to be able to throw light on the proceedings.

It will be of interest to the Teranga Lions cost wise should the games be held in Banjul.

However, Mauritania remains an open option on Senegal's wish-list.

Senegal Sports Minister was first quoted naming Gambia as one of the proposed countries - a thing the Normalisation Committee Vice Chairman Omar Sey initially took a coy approach on when quizzed by Foroyaa Sports during an earlier interview.

Caf slapped a US$10,000 fine on Senegal as a deterrent to any future fracas of this nature.

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