Gambia begins training prior to Africa U-20 Qualifiers

Friday, December 29, 2017

The Gambia national U-20 team has started intensive training prior to the 2019 Africa U-20 Youth Championship qualifiers at the FIFA Goal Project in Yundum.

The Young Scorpions under of Coach Matarr Mboge, is currently training with 25 players for the continent’s junior biggest football fiesta qualifiers.

The Gambia failed to qualify for the 2017 Africa U-20 Youth championship hosted in Zambia, after losing to Guinea Conakry 2-1 on aggregate in the qualifiers under former coach Omar Sise.

The Gambia made their debut in Africa Youth Championship in 2007 hosted in Congo Brazza Ville, where they won bronze medal, after thrashing Zambia 3-1 in the third-place play-off following their 1-0 semifinal defeat to Nigeria.

Gambia also made the first appearance in the FIFA U-20 World Cup in 2007 hosted in Canada, where they lost to Austria 2-1 in the second round.

Gambia’s last appearance in Africa U-20 Youth championship was in 2011 hosted in South Africa, but the young Scorpions were eliminated in the group stage after their group matches.

Since then the Gambia has failed to qualify for the 2013, 2015 and 2017 Africa Youth championships respectively.

Below are the names of players invited by coach Matarr Mboge for training prior to the continent’s biggest football fray qualifiers.

Yankuba Colley (Hawks)

Ousman Sunno (Young Africans)

Alagie Saho(BK Milan)

Ahmed Tijan Savage (Real de Banjul)

Modou Jadama (Brikama Utd)

Zakaria Ceesay (BK Milan)

Musa Bala Danso (Hawks)

Mustapha Secka (Banjul Utd)

Modou Ndow (Wallidan)

Sadi Gaye (Wallidan)

Habibou Mendy (Brikama Utd)

Modou Corr (Marimoo)

Alfusainey Jatta (Fortune)

Bai Sonko (Armed Forces)

Malick Sarr (Banjul Utd)

Saikou Touray (Marimoo)

Muhammed Kabba (GPA)

Saikou Camara (Wallidan)

Ousman Joof(Marimoo)

Pa Modou Sohna(Real de Banjul)

Ismaila Ceesay (Marimoo)

Abdoulie Sarr (Banjul Utd)

Matarr Badjie (Hawks)

Alasana Jatta (Real de Banjul)

Modou Lamin Demba (Real de Banjul)

Author: Lamin Darboe