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Gambia’s Scorpions name new captain for AFCON qualifier

Oct 6, 2011, 1:16 PM | Article By: Lamin Drammeh & F. Jawara

Scorpions talismanic forward Ousman Jallow has been named the new captain of the Gambia senior national team for the African Cup of Nations qualifier against Stallions of Burkina Faso, The Point has gathered.

The must-win match for the Scorpions is slated for Saturday 8 October 2011 at the Independence Stadium in Bakau.

The former Bronby prodigy replaces former captain Mustapha Jarju, who wears the armband in the last couple of matches for The Gambia and is understood to have been absent for this weekend game due to the club’s engagement.

Toubabo, who has succeeded former captain Pa Dembo Touray, is the third player in the current Scorpions set-up to taste the captaincy under the guidance of Belgian tactician Paul Put.

Speaking to reporters at a press conference at the team’s training camp at the Seaview Hotel yesterday afternoon, the 31-year-old former Real de Banjul gloves man confirmed his replacement as the team’s captain, saying: “I will not be the captain against Burkina Faso on Saturday.

“Ous will be the captain because it is easier for the coach to speak to a player playing inside than me at goal but that does not mean that the captaincy is completely taking away from me. I am still the permanent captain because any decision the captains (Ous and Toubabo) want to make, they communicate to me before anyone else.”

With many national caps under his belt, Pa Dembo is the longest serving member of the current Scorpions set-up after more than10 years of competitive service at the highest level.