26 February 2013

Gambia/Mauritania: Dawda 'Likely' to Play Mauritania

Dawda Bah and two other foreign players could be surprising inclusions in Coach Mancini's local-based team taking on Mauritania on Wednesday.

Norway-based Tijan Jaiteh and defender Abdou Jammeh are the two other oversea players 'likely' to add a bit of experience to the Gambian team. The revelation came just two days before the tie.

The trio, if incorporated with their local counterparts, will give the home side strength and depth against Mauritania - an outfit comprising few U-19 local players fast tracked to the A team.

Italian coach Mancini had said he will use exclusively home grown players in previous comments but the Italian regional turned Scorpion coach may have to retract with clubless ex-Augsburg winger Dawda Bah set to return to the fold.

"Dawda Bah, Tijan [Jaiteh] and Abdou Jammeh maybe can play [Wednesday's game]", the 56-year-old in his limited English words managed to tell a hastily convened press conference at Bambo Hotel.

Dawda Bah is clubless after his mutual consent contract termination with German club Augsburg last month. Concerning the 29-year-old ex-HJK star's fitness, Mancini said, "I watched Dawda Bah play. Fitness OK."

Dawda last appeared in national colours in 2011 in Gambia's friendly 3-0 win over DR Congo, running down the wing with his explosive tricky runs forming a fierce attack with Demba Savage in the other flank.

Tijan recently, renew terms with Sandefjord for one-year and is in country according to according to Mancini.

Meanwhile, the Mauritanian team arrived in Banjul in the early hours of yesterday morning and are lodged at the Bambo Hotel.

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