Head Coach Tom Saintfiet Thursday named a 23-man team ahead of the upcoming
2022 IFA World Cup qualifiers double-header against the Palancas Negras of
They will play against the Angolan side on the 6th of September, at the Independence Stadium in Bakau. “On the basis of the results we have achieved recently, the reference point for this group has allowed us to maintain a strong and core group of players with good blend of experience and youth,” Saintfiet said, and added, “We are also able to bring in a couple of new players into the squad who we feel have the potential to make an impact and add quality to what we have already done.”
Below is coach Saintfiet’s unveiled team>
Modou Jobe (Jeddah, Saudi Arabia), Alagie Nyabally (GPA FC, The Gambia), Sheikh Sibi (Virtus Verona, Italy).
Sulayman Bojang (Kongsvinger, Norway), Omar Colley (Sampdoria, Italy), Momodou Futti Danso (Unattached), Pa Modou Jagne (Unattached), Mohammed Mbye ( Mjallby, Sweden), Simon Ritchter ( Bronshoj BK, Denmark), Bubacarr Sanneh ( Goztepe, Turkey) and Ibou Touray ( Salford City, England).
Ebou Adams (Forest Green Rovers, England), Ebrima Colley (Atalanta, Italy), Dawda Ngum (FC Roskilde, Denmark), Bun Sanneh (Generation Foot, Senegal), Sheriff Sinyan (Lillestrom, Norway), Ebrima Sohna (Unattached).
Musa Barrow (Atalanta, Italy), Assan Ceesay (FC Zurich, Switzerland), Bubacarr Jobe ( Mjallby, Sweden), Nuha Marong ( Racing Santander, Spain) and Yusupha Njie ( Boavista, Portugal)
After unveiling the team, Saintfiet said they are set for the encounter against Angola, adding that players will start coming into the country from all over the world and will start training on Tuesday. “Following the draw, I was made to know that one country I would not want to play against in the qualifiers is Angola because they are one of the strongest teams in our group,” he said.
He said that playing against Angola in the World Cup qualifiers is not the easiest and the best draw for The Gambia, noting that he can imagine that Angola has exactly the same feeling that they said before the draw that, “one team we don’t want to play against is the Gambia.
According to him, both teams are not happy with the draw because they (The Gambia) are strongest opponent for Angolan side which, he said is also the strongest possible opponent for them.