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Gambia U-17 World Cup Campaign Ends With Disappointing Draw

Nov 2, 2009, 2:36 PM | Article By: Lamin Drammeh

The Gambia U-17 team's poor performance in the FIFA U-17 World Cup in Nigeria continued with another disappointing two-all draw against Colombia which put an end to their participation in the tournament with only a single point at their disposal.

The Baby Scorpions had a perfect start to the game and perhaps their best of the 24 team tournament scoring two brilliant goals through Left back, Lamin Sarjo Samateh who had an outstanding tournament and the team Captain Ebrima Bojang in the 19th and 42nd minutes, respectively to the delight of the Gambian football fraternity.

But their hope of taking advantage of an early lead suffered a massive blow when the South American side responded with two quick goals, thanks to a brace by Albert Cueller who played an influencial role in helping his South American side finished second in group C, 3 points behind Iran that top the group with 7 points, while fellow group mates Neitherlnd occupied the third spot with 3 points.

The team's performance, according to many, has been very much demoralising, especially playing four games without a victory but others attributed their failure to deliver to the lack of experience of most of the youngsters who have recently been injected into the team to boast the morals of a squad that has been hampered with the withdrawal of 11 key members of the previous U-17 team as a result of the Magnetic Resonance Imaging Test (MRI) they have recently undergone in Dakar.  

The two time African champions started the tournament with an embarrassing two-nil defeat to current Asian Champions Iran, a fortnight ago before going ahead to concede another disappointing two-one lost in the hands of the European runners-up Neitherland last Wednesday and have since been rooting at the bottom of the group C which does not go down well with the fans who have since called on the FA to find solution to late preparation.

The Baby Scorpions have had their most impressive performance of the campaign but they eventually failed to keep hold on to their 2-nil advantage, allowing their opponent to make a dramatic comeback to score two second half goals, including a controversial penalty awarded by the English referee Howard Webb with only two minutes to stoppage time.