Jul 30, 2009, 7:34 AM
The Gambia face the prospect of entering the Namibia game in the second leg of the African Nations Cup qualifier in Windhoek without two of its first choice defenders Kebba Ceesay (in suspension) and Momodou Futy Danso (hamstring) with centre forward Njogu Demba also unavailable, Pointsport can confirm.
The match is scheduled to take place in the Namibian capital of Windhoek tomorrow and it is a must win encounter for the Belgian tactician Paul Put and his charges who must avoid even a draw if they are to remain hopeful of their first ever Nations Cup debut in Gabon/Equatorial Guinea next year.
The good news for the Belgian tactician is that the experienced centre back Abdou Jammeh, who recently signed a contract in Kuwait, will be available following doubts over his involvement in tomorrow’s decisive encounter alongside Seyfo Solley.
The duo are touted as a makeshift replacement for injured and suspended defensive duo Momodou Futy Danso and Kebba Ceesay, who are both confirmed absent for the do or die contest.
Although they will face a stiff competition from Dynamo Zagreb’s aggressive defender Lamin Bassmen Samateh, who is also named in the squad as Paul Put looks to present a formidable side that can achieve the desired result.
The former Steve Biko rocky centre back (T. boy) yesterday flew to Namibia to link up with the rest of his Scorpions teammates in Windhoek following a successful trial in Kuwait.
The Scorpions are determined to take home all the needed points to put alive any hope of appearing in their first-ever African Cup of Nations finals with the continental showdown scheduled to take place in 2012.
The team will welcome back its creative front man Ousman Jallow, who could not play any part in Scorpions’ 3-nil friendly match thumping of DR Congo, due to illness.
Pa Suwareh Faye, deputy director of sports at the department of Youth and Sports, headed the 30-man Gambian delegation to Namibia that also include 22 players who few days ago gathered in Windhoek under the tutelage of coach Paul Put ahead of the cracker.
Among them are three home-based players - Musa Camara and Alagie Nyabally, both goalkeepers, and defender Abdou Njie, who left the shores of the country via Accra, Ghana, since last Sunday.
The home-based trio were joined by their Scorpions teammates of whom majority are professional footballers plying their trade in Europe and America.