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Real de Banjul FC aims at taking a step further in CL

Feb 6, 2015, 10:36 AM | Article By: Cherno Omar Bobb

Gambia’s representatives at the CAF Champions League qualifiers, Real de Banjul FC, have set their sights on going past the stage they were eliminated from in last year’s competition.

Real will host their Liberian counterparts, Barrack Young Controllers (BYC), in the first leg of the preliminary rounds to be played at the KG5 Mini Stadium on Saturday 14th February 2015, and are optimistic ahead of the encounter.

Speaking at a media briefing held at the Oasis Building along the Senegambia Highway yesterday, club president Willy Abraham confirmed that the game will take place.

Real will go to camp tomorrow, Saturday, after their game against Brikama United, and the Liberian team is due in Banjul on 11th February 2015, he announced.

They are fully prepared for the game, he went on, and that all arrangements are in place.

“We are a serious football club, especially when it comes to representing The Gambia in international competitions,” Abraham said, adding that they want to make the nation happy by qualifying to the next stage of the competition.

Tickets for the game are pegged at D150 for VIP, D50 for sitting, D25 for the stands while school children in uniform would be allowed free entry and; therefore, Abraham called on all to come out and rally behind the team.

He thanked the Gambia Football Federation, GFF, for providing the necessary information and support.

Bakary Jammeh, second vice president of the club, said they will take the game seriously, and describing Real as one of the best teams in the country looking at their achievements.

He thanked the President, Ministry of Youth and Sports and everybody for their support for the team.

Jammeh said they do not know where the second leg will be played, due to the Ebola outbreak in Liberia, but revealed that CAF instructed BYC to look for a neutral venue for the return leg.

Franky Van De Velde, Real’s technical director, commenting on the team’s technical preparations, said The Gambia has talented players, and it was time they started providing the desired results.

Alagie Amat Cham, head coach of Real, said they will do their utmost to qualify for the next stage of the competition.

Real team captain Modou Jallow alias Figo said every player is ready to give his best, and put up a respectable performance on the day.