22 February 2013

Gambia: Scorpions Coaches to Concentrate On Home-Based Players

It their efforts to build a solid local based team, technicians of the Gambia national male football team have decided to work with not more than three foreign-based players for the double header friendly against the Maurabitones of Mauritania next week.

This was revealed by the vice chairman and spokesperson of the Normalisation Committee of the Gambia Football Association, Alhaji Omar Sey, who was speaking at a press conference held at the GFA Football House in Kanifing on Thursday. The GFA revealed this week that the Scorpions will face the Maurabitones in a two-match friendly international to be played in Banjul next week as part of the two countries preparatory games in upcoming continental and global qualifiers.

The Mauritanians will be arriving Banjul on Sunday 24th February, 2013 and the two friendly matches will be played on Wednesday 27th February and 2nd March.Sey further revealed that due to the current renovation works at the Independence Stadium in Bakau, they could not confirm the venue for the match. But he is hopeful that a deal will be reached with the Stadium management to stage the games their before the end of the week.

Sey also said that Gambia has foreign-based players who have been giving their all to the country over the years, "but we have to accept the fact that they are not at the same level with other countries that have big players playing across the top leagues in Europe". He did not blame the players for this, but said it was rather those who have failed to give them the platform for the league to be developed here.

As part of the deal for the friendlies, the Mautianian team will be responsible for their travelling expenses to Banjul. The Gambia will also provide for local transportation and accomodation with one of their partner hotels here.

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