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Gambia U-20 start training ahead of U-20 Qualifiers against Liberia

Mar 12, 2014, 10:21 AM | Article By: Lamin Darboe

The Gambia national U-20 squad has started intensive training ahead of their 2015 CAF U-20 Youth Championship Qualifiers crunch tie against Liberia’s national U-20 team next month, at the FIFA Goal Project in Old Yundum in Kombo North, West Coast.

The Gambia national U-20 under the guidance of Gamtel coach Tapha Manneh and Steve Biko gaffer Abdoulie Bojang, have embarked on intensive training exercise to scout good players that will clash with the Liberian national U-20 side in the 2015 CAF U-20 youth championship qualifiers next month in Monrovia and Banjul.

Gambia U-20 failed to qualify for the 2013 CAF U-20 Youth Championship after losing to Morocco U-20 team 4-0 in the qualifiers, which resulted in their early exit from the race.

The team will be searching for positive results against Liberia U-20 in both legs to seal a place in the next round of the qualifiers as well as to keep their hopes of qualifying for the 2015 CAF U-20 Youth championship to be hosted in Senegal.

The Gambian national U-20 team made their debut in CAF U-20 Youth Championship in Congo Brazzaville in 2007, where they won bronze medal, although they were also eliminated in the second round of the 2007 FIFA U-20 World Cup hosted in Canada by Austria.

The team also qualified for the 2011 CAF U-20 Youth Championship hosted in South Africa but were eliminated in the group stage of the championship.

The upcoming meeting will be the first of The Gambia against Liberia in the CAF U-20 qualifiers.

Both sides are hoping to win come next month to fancy their chances of qualifying for the 2015 CAF U-20 Youth Championship to be hosted in Senegal.