Aug 17, 2009, 6:35 AM
Mix reports have emerged with regard to the signing of Gamtel’s duo Ali Sowe and Assan Ceesay.
The two players travelled to Nigeria recently for trials with first division side Enugu Rangers following interest from the side.
Goal.com on Friday has reported that Enugu Rangers failed in their bid to land Gambian starlets Ali Sowe and Assan Ceesay for the Nigerian 2011/12 league season.
The report said the highly-rated duo have returned to base in Banjul with Gamtel FC in the Gambia Football Association League First Division.
The Flying Antelopes will not be keeping their recruits from the West African nation after the duo returned home to help their club in the Confederation Cup.
Gamtel Coach not aware
Tapha Manneh, team coach for Gamtel, when contacted by The Point Sport to shed light on the issue, has said the duo passed their trial and the Nigerian club is fully interested in signing them. “The club has already made their offer known to us and I can say the negotiations are still ongoing.
“As at now I have not yet received any information with regard to the club cancelling their interest but if I do, we will move on with our other plans,” the determined coach explains.
Strikers Sowe and Ceesay combined well for the Banjul team during last season’s Wafu Cup competition where they were spotted by officials of Rangers and invited for trials at Coal City.
The strikers were part of the victorious Gamtel side that defeated Senegalese side Cassa Sports 1-0 in their first round match of the Confederation Cup game in Serrekunda on Sunday.
Players will not return
“As soon as they got back to Banjul, we were reliably informed that they will not be coming back because they have rejoined Gamtel for the Confederation Cup, so they will not come back again,” Rangers’ media officer Foster Chime told Goal.com.
“But we are going to sign other players to fill that vacuum because we must reinforce the playing staff for the remaining matches in the season,” Chime said.
Rangers are presently third on the Nigeria Premier league table with 16 points.