Apr 6, 2009, 8:54 AM
Despite losing to The Gambia U-17 2-0 over the weekend, Guinean Coach Saikou Sampareh has stated that his side played better football during Saturday's friendly.
He said, "Guinea were more composed and played better football than The Gambia U-17 and I am very much confident that we will make it in Algeria".
He pointed out that his side lost the game because of the physical advantage of the Gambian team over them.
Sampareh however pointed out that The Gambian team needs to work more and play as a team in terms of tactics and ball control.
The Darling U-17 team who put up a less than impressive display took the lead in the 3rd minute of the first half when Lamin Samateh hammered in a solid goal from the Sylli Nationals 18 yard line.
The Young Sylli Nationals could not find the net but posed a lot of problems for the Darling Scorpions when they countered and controlled most of the ball in the mid-field.
Abdou Njie, in the 88th minute, recorded Gambia's second from a long range shot which caught the Guinean keeper Abubacarr Camara off guard and ran straight into the net.
The Gambia Under 17 coach, Tarik Siagy, following The Gambia, Guinea friendly international match, told journalists that he will better reinforce his team before move to Egypt for a training camp. He said that the match has given him an opportunity to strengthen the team "we have young talented players but their stay in the team is based on their performance. I will do everything possible together with my technical team to prepare a better team for the country.