Aug 13, 2009, 5:49 AM
The Gambia national U-17 team will begin the defence of their African U-17 championship title in Rwanda in 2011 after qualifying for the 9th Edition of the CAF youth tournament by beating Tunisia 1-nil in Banjul on Saturday.
The two times African champions at the U-17 level enjoyed a deserved 3-3 aggregate win to edge out their North African opponents thanks to two vital away goals scored by inspirational captain Buba Jallow in the first leg in Tunis a fortnight ago.
Demba Janneh's decisive strike with only five minutes on the clock in the
After emerging as champions in Banjul in 2005, the famous Baby Scorpions re-wrote history by beating Algeria in Algiers in 2009 to record their second African U-17 title thanks to an impressive 3-1 win over the host.`
This latest qualification has confirmed the national U-17's fourth appearance in the continental youth championship.
Highly considered the favourite to regain the 2011 title, the U-17 have become the second national side in the country to advance to the continental youth championship after their seniors - the national U-20 team of The Gambia, who made every Gambian proud by edging out the much-fancied Ivory Coast to go through.
The tournament will commence in January in