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Bakau United striker, others omitted from U-17 squad

Jul 12, 2010, 4:28 PM | Article By: Lamin Drammeh

Bakau United prolific striker Lamin Jallow, Samger's skilful midfielder Ebrima Janko, among other star players, have been omitted from the provisional 30-man squad of the Gambia national U-17 team which was announced  by the technical staff of the team on Wednesday morning.

Jallow who remains the biggest causality to be dropped from the final squad for the qualifiers was part of the previous team that underwent weeks of intensive training camp in the United Kingdom in the build-up to the World U-17 Championship in Nigeria last year.

This sad news does not go down well with the boy widely regarded as one of the hottest properties in Bakau football.

He told our reporter in this interview that he was not fairly treated and was never given enough playing opportunity to prove his worth during the trail.

"I was hugely shock when the final squad was announced by the coaching staff on Wednesday, but not surprise at all. My effort was never appreciated by the Assistant Coach of the team, Lamin Sambou," Jallow who is widely tipped to play an integral part in the newly established U-17 team due to his experience in the UK training camp, revealed to this reporter on Friday.

"I wish the selected players good luck in the team, but am still optimistic that I can be recalled to the squad because they need my service," Jallow went on.

Also, reacting to the news of Jallow's exclusion from the team, Lamin Joof, a brother to Ron Mango hitman described the decision as unfair.

Joof, a keen footballer said Jallow is one of the best known recruits in the team and can absolutely play a key part in the team?s success in the qualifiers and deserves a place in the squad.

"I am not trying to defend my brother as others may probably suggest but the nation," he concluded.