Nov 7, 2012, 10:39 AM
As part of preparations for their crucial global biggest football showdown, the 2014 World Cup qualifiers are getting set to lock horns with Atlas Lions of Morocco on Saturday 2 June 2012, at the Independence Stadium in Bakau.
The Gambian players plying their trade abroad have started arriving in the country ahead of their weekend crunch clash against the North African powerhouse, Morocco, who have played grand global football showpiece competitions on several occasions.
Captain Mustapha Toubabo Jarjue, Momodou Ceesay Zico, Yankuba Ceesay Mal, Pa Saikou Kujabi, Alieu Darboe, Cherno Samba, Saihou Gassama and Ousman Colley are all in town and have started intensive training together with local-based players, at the Independence Stadium in Bakau since yesterday.
Midfielder Tijan Jaiteh is also in town but is yet to join the team for training at the Independence Stadium.
Goalkeeper Pa Dembo Touray, Lamin Baseman Samateh, Pa Modou Jagne, Abdou Jammeh T-Boy and Abdoulie Kenny Mansally are all expected to arrive today.
Striker Njogu Demba, Sainey and Sanna Nyassi, winger Aziz Corr Nyang, defender Omar Jawo and striker Ousman Jallow are all set to miss the weekend clash against the North African giants due to injuries.
The Gambia will clash with Tanzania in their second group game on 9 June 2012 in Daru Saalam before travelling to Algiers to take on Algeria in the return leg of the 2013 African Nations Cup qualifiers on 15 June 2012, a must-win game for The Gambia.
It would be recalled that The Gambia lost to Algeria 2-1 in the first leg on February 29, 2012, at the Independence Stadium in Bakau and will therefore be hoping to overturn the 2-1 deficit in the return leg.