15 February 2013

Gambian Clubs Brace Up for CAF Competitions

Gambian clubs Real de Banjul and Gamtel are bracing up for two difficult fixtures in continental CAF club comnpetitions this weekend. Champions Real will play away to Fath Union Sport de Rabat in the Champions League on Saturday while Gamtel host Senegalese side ASC HLM in the Confederations Cup on Sunday.

The first to kick the ball rolling will be Alagie Sarr's Real de Banjul when they face the Moroccan League runners-up at the 52,000 seater capacity Prince Moulay Abdellah Stadium, in the first leg of the preliminary round stages of Africa's blue-ribbon club competition in the North Afrian country's capital on Friday, kick-off at 20:00hrs. The two sides will battle it out for a place in the first round of the competition and though the Morrocan's are favourites, Real is confident of doing what no Gambian club before them has done in the past.

President of the club Willy Abraham speaking at a press conference this week said the coaches and players have been brilliant noting that the camaraderie and spirit within the team has been excellent and high. According to him, they are hoping to become the first Gambian side to make it to the group stages of the competition after Brikama United came close to achieving that feat last season.

"Things have been going on very well. The coaches have done a very good selection and they have been training very hard. The team will not be going to represent Real de Banjul but it is representing The Gambia. We will try and be in the group stages and we will maximise our efforts for the dream to come true," he stated.

Speaking at the same press briefing at the begining of the week, head coach, Alhagie Sarr told the gathering that spirit is high in his dressing room and that their wish is to go as far as they can in the competition. According to him, they have already got an idea of how to play against the North Africans.

Gamtel will be next in line to face the Senegalese Cup winners when the two sides come face-to-face in the first leg of African football's second tier club competition at the Box Bar Mini-Stadium in Brikama on Sunday. The telecomunication giants commitments in the competition against ASC HLM have resulted in their domestic league fixture against Bakau United being pushed forward by a whole month.

Gamtel was scheduled to play Bakau United in week five of the 2013 domestic season at the Serekunda East Mini-Stadium on Wednesday. That game will now be played on March 13th at the KG5 Mini-Stadium in Banjul. The GFA's decision to chalk off Gamtel's mid-week fixture against Kebba 'Jesper' Touray's Bakau United will give Tapha Manneh and his charges more time to prepare for the battle against the Senegalese at the Box Bar Mini-Stadium on Sunday.

Ticketing for the game at the Box Bar Mini-Stadium will see the VIP section of the Stadia charge D100 while the pavilion stands at D25 and the StandsD15.

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