Jan 15, 2013, 10:08 AM
Club-less Gambian defender Emmanuel Gomez is the latest big casualty to be omitted from the Gambia national U-20 team, Pointsport can reveal.
The former Toronto FC defender in the Major League Soccer who was recently included in the 24-man squad was a surprise inclusion in coach Lamin Sarr’s star-studded side that has intensified preparation ahead of this month’s Caf Under-20 youth championship in South Africa.
Emma, who moved to the MLS side from the local club Samger in the Gambian top flight football league, was selected ahead of Seaview’s rocky centre back Kemo Fatty in the pecking order but has been omitted from the provisional squad amid unqualified age.
Confirming Emmanuel’s exclusion from the under-20 team, Lamin Sarr, head coach of the Darling Scorpions, said: “It is true that Emmanuel is dropped for being over-aged.”
“When I was submitting the passport of Emmanuel, I did not realise that he was over-aged but it has come to my attention by the GFA that he is not qualified to take part in the tournament and I was left with no other choice than to release him, which he took in good faith,” Sarr told Pointsport in an interview at the team’s camp at Seaview yesterday afternoon.