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GFA Reveal International Friendly Games For Gambia

Dec 4, 2009, 11:18 AM | Article By: Lamin Drammeh

The Gambia National Senior Team, better known as the Scorpions has not been doing well in the FIFA rankings over the past few years, because of the team's lack of international friendly matches.

But if this interview with the Secretary-General of the Gambia Football Association (GFA), Jammeh E.K. Bojang is anything to go by, plans are underway for the FA to involve the senior national team in an active competition by organising international friendly games to keep the players active.

Jammeh who has always been at the centre of media attention when it comes to issues regarding the FA further went on to add that it is always in the interest of the GFA to see to it that the senior national team is given as much playing time as possible. But he was quick to admit that financial constraint has always been the biggest challenge confronting the association.

"There are plans in the offing for us to organise some international friendly matches for the senior national team but as I am speaking to you, I cannot tell you exactly when and where these friendly games are taking place and the countries we are playing against," the GFA Secretary-General was quoted as saying by this reporter in his office at the GFA Secretariat on Wednesday.

Due to the country's unimpressive standing in the recent FIFA rankings which did not go down well with most of the footballing fraternity who have since called on the FA to put an end to the team’s lack of involvement in international friendly matches, the FA has recently organised a friendly international game for the team with a Second Division team in France, Guingamp.

The Scorpions became the winners of that international friendly game, thanks to a brilliant strike by striker Ousman Jallow who scored the only goal of the game from a penalty spot.

But since then the team has failed to take part in any friendly international which has been attributed to the lack of enough fund at the GFA level.