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GFA to set up local-based squad for future competitions

Dec 6, 2010, 2:38 PM | Article By: Lamin Drammeh

Gambia Football Association administrator Bakary L. Dahaba has said the FA is trying to establish a formidable home-based team that is expected to serve as a feeder team to the senior national team for future international outings such as CAF and WAFU championships.

The Gambian national U-17 and U-20 teams continue to dominate the headlines owing to their remarkable achievements in continental championships over the years, while the senior national team is becoming increasingly frustrated by lack of silverware.

It is against this backdrop that the GFA is planning to build a good and strong home-based team that will be given the task of representing the country in the CAF, WAFU or other continental competitions, according to Dahaba, aka Terema.

"The GFA is trying to establish a solid home-based team that will be taken on a conducted tour of various European countries in a bid to expose them to international football before they could represent the country in any international competition," Dahaba said.

"There is a need to help to develop and equip home-based stars because, when exposed to international standards, they are future replacements for some of the players in the senior national team, which is why we are trying to build a home-based team for future international competitions," Dahaba told our reporter.

Some of the players from the feeder team, Dahaba disclosed, will be part of the U-23 team that will take part in the forthcoming Olympic Games to be held in London in 2012.