May 27, 2013, 10:26 AM
Coach Lamin Sambou and his charges arrived in
Steve Biko tough-tacking midfield maestro Fabakary Bojang, Hamang Conteh of Lamin United and Lamin Gibba of Wallidan are the three valuable players the team has to do without in the final 18-man squad that left Egypt on Thursday for Kigali after their three-week training camp.
The Gambia that won the tournament two times, in 2005 in Banjul and 2009 in Algiers, is pitted in the same group against Congo, Mali and fellow West African counterparts Ivory Coast in what could be referred to as the toughest group in the eight-team competition.
The Baby Scorpions, who remains the favorites to reclaim the title, will rub shoulders with Mali on Wednesday 12 January before battling out with Ivory Coast in their final group match in the Rwanda championship three days later.