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Gambia face Cameroon in crucial Caf U-20 opener

Apr 18, 2011, 3:11 PM | Article By: Lamin Drammeh

The Gambia national U-20 team is set to begin the quest for their first-ever Caf African U-20 Youth Championship title with a crucial tie against mighty Cameroon as the eight-team tournament continues to gather pace in Johannesburg, South Africa.

The Gambian youth side, known as the Darling Scorpions, who are pitted in a group rated as the group of death, will come face to face with Cameroon in what promises to produce a thrilling Caf U-20 championship encounter aiming to secure all the needed points to have any hope of winning their first silverware at the U-20 category.

The team that comprises 21 players including seven foreign-based stars landed at the Johannesburg airport a day ahead of their opener having spent three hectic days in Dakar, Senegal, to sort out some travelling documents and arrangements at the South African embassy.

The Gambia’s only hope at the continental youth championship have finally arrived in South Africa looking set to test their weapons against three of the continent’s much fancied youth sides the likes of Cameroon, Nigeria and the defending African and world champions Ghana, who have enjoyed a much more better preparations than the Gambian team.

The Gambian team led by local coach Lamin Sarr prior to Johannesburg campaign, have not had the best of preparations needed to fully equip the team, which many pundits believed could have a psychological impact on the performance of the country’s, undeniably, most talented national team.

Sarr has occasionally hit out on the Gambian football authorities for what he referred to as their lack of support to his star studded team despite their historic display that saw them edge out much fancied Ivorian U-20 team in the last day of a crucial and decisive final leg to berth a qualification place much to the surprise of a teeming number of Gambian fans, who repeatedly question Sarr’s coaching tactics prior to qualification.

He has high hope of achieving the desired result even though he has hardly had fair treatment compared to other coaches. Sarr calls on the Gambian people to rally behind him and his charges in their quest to become African U-20 champions come May 2.