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Head of Gambian delegation hopeful of U-17 chance in Tunisia

Nov 5, 2010, 2:47 PM | Article By: Lamin Drammeh

Abdou Karim Sey, head of Gambian delegation to Tunisia, believes the Gambian national U-17 team can defeat their Tunisian opponents in Tunis this weekend.

The Baby Scorpions, the two-time African U-17 champions, are set to rub shoulders with Tunisian national U-17 team in the first leg of the final rounds of the African U-17 qualifiers.

"The team is absolutely aware of the fact that it will face a huge task in winning in Tunisia but if they were able to eliminate Morocco who has a better team than the Tunisian side, why not Tunisia," Sey reasoned.

"I believe the outcome of the result in Tunisia on Saturday will be positive because the boys are already aware of the importance of the weekend's encounter and hopefully they will finish the job right in Banjul in a fortnight," Sey, who is given his first assignment to lead the Gambian sports delegation, told Pointsport in an interview with this reporter a few minutes before the team left for Tunisia yesterday evening.

Born in Banjul and now resides in Brikama, the 45-year-old Sey is a member of the GFA executive representing West Coast Region.

A teacher by profession, Sey is understood to have secured an IAAF level one certificate in Kid Athletic Coaching course in Dakar in 2008 and has represented The Gambia in the athletic seminar for kids between the ages of 13 and 15 years at the Kenyan capital of Nairobi last July.

Meanwhile, the match officials for the ninth edition of CAF U-17 qualifying match between the Gambia national U-17 and the Tunisia national U17 are the centre referee Muhammed Hussein El-Fadir, who will be assisted by Hamed Mohamed Idam and Mohamed Eltom Aarif of Sudan. The forth referee is Saadallah Yosr.