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Gambia U-20 leave Banjul without Omar Jassey

Apr 15, 2011, 3:17 PM | Article By: Lamin Drammeh

Gambian midfielder Omar Jassey, who plies his trade with Saint Jose Earthquake in the Major League Soccer, is the latest Gambian foreign-based star to be shown an exit door from the 21-man squad of the Gambia national U-20 team that are currently in Dakar preparing to proceed to Johannesburg, South Africa, today for the Caf African U-20 youth tournament set to begin this weekend.

Recent media reports have it that Jassey, who was part of the Gambian team during the qualifiers, was unable to win the race to be fit in time for the Johannesburg campaign.

But the pacy player has denied reports that he is unfit, while expressing dissatisfaction regarding the coaching staff's decision of omitting him from the team.

It is also understood that Jassey was replaced by Momodou Kabba Cham, a Belgian-based forward who joined the team few days ago.

Jassey has become the fourth foreign-based star to miss out a place in South Africa after Lemans' midfielder Alieu Darboe, Spain-based forward Abubacarr Drammeh Touray and Dynamo Zagreb's rocky centre-half Lamin Samateh, whose club repeatedly expressed its reluctance to let the 19-year-old go.

Meanwhile, a total of 21-man squad of the Darling Scorpions has since Wednesday night left the shores of the country for Johannesburg via Dakar from where they are expected to proceed to South Africa today.

The team will begin their campaign when they meet Cameroon in the group stage of the competition set to commence on Monday.

The Darling Scorpions will also come face to face with Nigeria and defending African and world champions Ghana in the group stage of the eight-team tournament.