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Pros descend on Scorpions camp ahead of Tanzania tie

Sep 3, 2013, 9:40 AM | Article By: Lamin Cham

Half of the ten foreign-based players invited for Saturday’s World Cup qualifier have arrived in town, and are camped at the Bambo Hotel alongside a host of locally-based players.

The latest batch of arrivals included Omar Colley, Ken Mansally and Demba Savage, who arrived with the Brussels Airlines flight yesterday afternoon.

Earlier in the day, Momodou Ceesay and Tijan Jaiteh arrived too.

According to protocol officer Mbye Gaye, the remainder of the foreign-based players are due here later in the week.

Speaking at the airport on arrival, Ken Mansally said he shared the excitement of the fans and officials about this match, ‘‘because for us playing for your flag is what matters, no matter what is the occasion. We are very surprised and pleased that our arrival this time gets attention of a large presence of the press”.

Asked about the change of leadership at Football House, Mansally said they have been following the entire process leading to the elections, ‘‘and, in fact, I personally know the new President and I hope thatwe can work togetherto improve our status, as we are all sad about the poor results of the recent past,’’ he said.

Demba Savage and Omar Colley both expressed a renewed desire to see Gambian football regain its strong footing.

Meanwhile, head coach Peter Bonu Johnson has named a 23-man squad and seven officials that began their camping yesterday, ahead of Saturday’s game. Below is the list:


Christopher Allen - GPA

Bubacarr Sanyang - Armed Forces

Alagie Nyabally - Real De Banjul

Abdou Jammeh - Steve Biko

Bubacarr Sanneh - Real De Banjul

Antou Badjan - GPA

Saihou Omar Saho - Brikama United

Omar Colley - KUPS FC

Ebrima Sohna - Vostok FC

Modou Jatta - Steve Biko

Mustapha Jarjue - Raec Mons FC

Demba Savage - HJK Helsinki FC

Momodou Ceesay - Kairat Almaty FC

Tijan Jaiteh - Sanderdjofd FC

Abdoulie Mansally - Real Salt Lake FC

Saloum Faal - Cassa Sport FC

Sulayman Marreh - Samger FC

Hamsa Barry - Valleta FC

Matarr Nyan - Gamtel

Ousman Manneh - Steve Biko

Assan Ceesay - Gamtel

Ebou Kanteh - Brikama United

Nuha Barrow - Gamtel


Modou Sowe - Team Administrator

Peter Bornu Johnson - Head Coach

Abdoulie Bojang - Asst Coach - Volunteering

Badou Ceesay - G/K Coach - Volunteering

Kalifa Manneh - Medics

Pa Matarr Ndow - Medics

Amadou Jaiteh - Kits Manager - Volunteering