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Female National Team Resumes Training Ahead Of WAFU

Nov 5, 2009, 3:10 PM | Article By: Lamin Drammeh

The Gambia National Female Squad comprising as many as 25-players on Thursday resumed training ahead of the West Africa Football Union (WAFU) championship which is scheduled to take place in Nigeria from 15-27th December, according to officials.

The date of WAFU championship had been occasionally delayed, due to some logistic arrangements which have raised questions as to whether the tournament will even take place. But if the words of Lamin Sarr and Buba Jallow who have since been appointed to take charge of the team are any thing to go by, the competition will start from 15th- 27 December, and teams have since resumed intensive preparatory programme ahead of the Nigerian championship with at least 25-players that are set to represent the country for the first time in the history of Female football in the country.

Buba Jallow however noted that the Female team would put up a respective performance, despite the fact that the tournament will be the team?s first involvement in any international championship, adding that the girls are eager to make their first-ever international appearance since their historic 6-nil win over a regional selection in Ziguinzorr, Cassamance, three months ago.

He further used the opportunity to warn The Gambia's group mates not to underrate The Gambia's Female side, adding they will do everything possible to bring glory back home.

The team it could be recalled started collective training three months ago under the leadership of Buba Jallow but took a long break after it was announced that the tournament has been rescheduled to a later date which is now been rescheduled again from 15th -27th December 2009.  It will be sponsored by the First Lady of Nigeria, according to the President of the Gambia Football Association, Seedy M.B Kinteh.

The Gambia Female team can be proud of producing many talented female players at their disposal who can turn any game in their favour such as stars like Veronic Malack, Fatou Kinneh Jeng alias (Peter Crouch), Awa Demba who was crowned the top scorer in the just concluded GFA Female First Division Championship with a total of nine goals, striker Hella Diko, amongst other high profile star players who were rated as the finest players in the GFA First Division Female league and they have also been so instrumental for their respective teams over the years.