May 18, 2009, 10:10 AM
The Gambia national U-23 team, who have since a week ago begun an intensive preparatory programme for the invitational friendly international match against Morocco, is due to leave Banjul this Friday for Rabat, Morocco, The Point can reveal.
The team, which includes only players in the domestic league, is selected by the Gambia Football Association as the country looks set to present a formidable side that can achieve the desired result when the match takes centre stage on October 8.
Among the home-based stars currently training under the supervision of Belgian tactician Paul Put are Seaview and former Gambia national U-20 midfield ace Mamut Saine, Samger’s magnetic attacker Lamin Sarjo Samateh and former Gambian international defender Emmanuel Gomez now with the academic boys Samger.
Paul is however assisted by the local trio in coach Lamin Sambou (aka LS), Lamin Sarr and Essa Sambou, who recently steered Brikama United to their first-ever GFA first division league success in magnificent fashion.
But it is so obvious that Paul Put will not travel with the U-23 team to Morocco as he is engaged in a bigger assignment with the senior national team, who will also be in action when they host Burkina Faso in the final rounds of the African Nations Cup qualifiers in Banjul the same day The Gambia play Morocco in Rabat; therefore his replacement at the U-23 team has been chosen.
The home-based stars have now entered two weeks of a preparatory programme ahead of the proposed friendly encounter but the final squad is yet to be named.
The friendly match, Pointsport has gathered, is made possible thanks to a request by the Moroccan Football Association.