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GPA set to leave Banjul for CAF Champions league qualifiers

Jan 27, 2011, 10:17 AM

GFA division one league champions Gambia Ports Authority will leave the shores of the country today to take part in the first leg of the CAF Champions league qualifiers against Jaraaf of Senegal in Dakar, Pointsport has learnt.

The match will be the first test for the ferry boys who have eventually earned themselves a place in the CAF champions league after they conquered the Gambia first division league competition last season finishing top of the table with an impressive 40 points.

The team, under the leadership of the former national U20 coach Peter Bonu Johnson, will leave The Gambia on the back of a 3-1 defeat to the Gambia national U20 team during yesterday’s friendly match held at the Serrekunda East mini-Stadium.

Goals from striker Alasana Camara (penalty spot), Lamin Sarjo Samateh’s brilliant header and another solo effort from substitute Buba Sama were all but enough to make Bonu Johnson aware of the weakness of his team, as he has vowed to put up a respectable performance in Dakar.

Bonu and his ferry boys could only managed a consolation courtesy of substitute Alagie Fatajo’s strike from a penalty spot mid way through the second period.

The friendly was part of the preparatory programme for the ferry boys as they look set to rub shoulders with their neighbours in the weekend’s crucial first leg encounter at the Stade Demba Dioup Stadium in Dakar.

Should the GPA achieve the desired result in Dakar, they would set their sight on finishing the job when they play host to Jaraaf in the return leg in Banjul to make it to the next stage of the competition.