6 June 2013

Gambia: Tijan Jaiteh's National Team Row 'Settled'

Tijan Jaiteh could feature in the fold for Gambia after burying the hatchet with the national team coaches. The midfielder was a controversial omission in the Scorpion team for the first-leg in Abidjan amid a rift over ticket refund with the Sports Ministry.

The 24-year-old is reported to have advertently avoided the team training ground after a disagreement ensued when he demanded for his air ticket refund, threatening not to join the traveling Gambian contingent to Abidjan - a thing he later did. The ex-Brann Bergen starlet is accused of showing disregard to Gambia football authorities -though he is yet to answer to the charges- and is however expected to land for the Ivory Coast qualifier game in June but not until his rift with the gaffer is buried off.

"He [Tijan Jaiteh] will come. No problem now," gaffer Mancini told Foroyaa Sport. Mancini resorted to deploying Ebrima Sohna and Yankuba Ceesay as a double midfield partnership in Tijan's absence. For the past two years, the ex-Gambia U-20 career has been embroiled in controversy with former club Randers, threatening to institute a civil suit on him for an alleged breach of contract and his infamous decision not to report to the Scorpion base on time for the Morocco tie incurring Bonu Johnson's wrath at the time in the process.

However, the return of the Sandefjord regular will be a welcome boost to Gambia against an Ivorian outfit comprising Newcastle United's Tiote and Manchester City's Yaya Toure. Tijan has appeared ten times in ten league games for the Norwegian second division side so far.

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