Three home-based players of The Gambia’s Scorpions, namely Abdou Njie and two gloves men Musa Camara and Alagie Nyabally, yesterday night left the shores of the country for Namibia via Accra, Ghana.
The home-based trio are set to join their teammates for the crucial second-leg of the African Nations Cup qualifier in Windhoek.
Seedy M.B. Kinteh, president of the Gambia Football Association, who confirmed the news to Pointsport in an interview in his office, said the three players will join the majority of the invited foreign-based stars expected to fly to Windhoek from their respective bases in Europe and America.
They are expected to form part of the 20-man squad that will rub shoulders with Namibia as Gambia resume their quest for their first-ever Nations Cup appearance when the big event takes centre stage in Gabon/Equatorial Guinea next year.
The last time the country went close to a qualification berth was in 2008 when they heroically beat neighbours Senegal in a crucial joint qualifiers of the African Nations Cup and the World Cup finals amidst controversial atmosphere in Dakar.
A win in Namibia will absolutely boost the confidence of Coach Paul Put and his star-studded side that would welcome back talismanic forward Ousman Jallow, who missed the Scorpions friendly in Banjul against DR Congo three weeks ago due to illness.
Pointsport understands that the team will be without the service of Jallow’s strike-partner Njogu Demba, who is certainly ruled out of the weekend’s contest as he is understood to have been finalizing his move to the United Kingdom, where he is said to have undergone a trial recently.
A confirmed report from the FA has stated that Momodou Futty Danso would also not be available.
Pointsport will bring you the full list of the invited players set to travel to Windhoek for the Namibia clash in tomorrow’s edition.