Gambia begins 2nd phase of training for Africa U-20 Qualifiers

Friday, February 09, 2018

Gambia is set to start the second phase of training sessions for the 2019 Africa U-20 Youth Championship qualifiers, at the FIFA Goal Project in Old Yundum.

Coach Matarr Mboge has invited twenty-three players for the second phase of training prior to the start of the continent’s junior biggest football fiesta qualifiers after completing an intensive first phase training sessions with twenty-five players recently.

The Young Scorpions will use the training sessions to prepare themselves fit for the 2019 Africa U-20 Youth Championship qualifiers set for later this year.

The Gambia failed to qualify for the 2017 Africa U-20 Youth Championship hosted in Zambia, after losing to fellow west Africans Guinea Conakry 1-2 on aggregate in the qualifiers.

The country made their debut in the Africa U-20 Youth Championship in 2007 hosted in Congo Brazzaville, where they won Bronze after beating Zambia 3-1 in the third place play-off.

The Gambia made second appearance in the Africa Youth Championship in 2011 hosted in South Africa but was eliminated in the group phase after their dismal performance in the continent’s cadet biggest football fray.

The Gambia qualified for FIFA U-20 World Cup once in their history in 2007 hosted in Canada, but were eliminated in the second round after losing to Austria 2-1.

Author: Lamin Darboe
Source: Picture: Gambia U-20 players at the training ground