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Armed Forces looking set to host Algerian champions

Feb 9, 2010, 2:26 PM | Article By: Lamin Drammeh

The defending champions in The Gambia domestic league, Armed Forces are looking set to play host to their Algerian Champions Jeaunesse Sportive De Kabylie on Saturday 13th February 2010, at the Independence Stadium in Bakau.

The Khaki boys as they are commonly known, who got-off to a poor start to the GFA league championship winning only a single game will start the African champions league competition with a crucial first leg-encounter against Jeaunesse Sportive De Kabylie, who were crowned the league champions in the last season's Algerian premier league when the two sides face each other in the first-leg in Banjul in four days time.

"We are much more motivated and committed now than ever before and the confidence among the champions at the Camp in Paradise could serve as a key factor in our quest to achieve our desired results," the confident Head Coach who led the team to its second league title, Alagie Sey told Pointsport at the Independence Stadium.

Should Armed Forces snatch a victory over their Algerian counterparts in Saturday's champions league game, they will go into the return-leg encounter at home to Algerian champions with the mentality to hold on to their home win a advantage which could eventually pave the way for them to progress to the second stage of the champions league. They will write history by becoming the first Gambian team to progress to the second stage of this competition.

But the intensity of the challenges like the lack of scoring power, coupled with their demoralisng performances in the ongoing GFA league championship are the two main things the champions needs to overcome, if they want to achieve the desired results.

Meanwhile, the Armed Forces will welcome back the play-maker Landing Darboe, who watched his side's last few league matches on the sidelined due to a slide injury.

His presence will surely boost the morals of the team because their hope of achieving any success in the champions league, largely rest on the shoulders of the skillful midfield kingpin who is widely regarded as one of the most skillful footballers the county has ever produced.

Meanwhile, Armed Forces will travel to Algeria to robe shoulders with Jeaunesse Sportive De Kabylie in Algiers, in two weeks time for the return-leg champions league encounter hoping for a positive result to progress.