Jan 29, 2009, 6:17 AM
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