Mar 30, 2009, 6:54 AM
The Gambia Senior National team yesterday at around 5.00pm returned to
The Gambian team under the tutelage of the Belgian tactician Paul Put, who blamed the Scorpions poor show in Germany to the absence of some key figures, such as Finish-based midfielder Dawda Bah, the MLS trio Sainey Nyassi, Sanna Nyassi, Abdoulie Mansally, among other notable absentees, as well as the lack of enough preparation prior to the friendly went into the Mexico encounter with the aim of collecting the desired results.
But their efforts proved futile after they conceded an embarrassing 5-1 lost at the hands of the Mexican side who flee to South African ahead of the world's most prestigious tournament, the FIFA World Cup, which kicks-off in
Manchester United new recruit Hernandez and Baustista each scored a brace before Medina extended Mexico lead with a fine finish to wrap-up a 5-1 score line at the expense of unprepared Gambian team who could only managed a consolation, thanks to a fine strike from influential midfielder Ebrima Sohna mid-way through the second period.
The defeat has anger some football fans, who attributed the team's dismal performance to the lack of enough preparation compared to their Sunday's opponents who were involved in seven competitive and high-profile test games, including their 3-0 demolition against
But, according to Terema Dahaba, the Administrator of the Gambia Senior National team who was also part of the delegation to Germany, The Gambia's standard in football cannot be in any way compared to that of Mexico, considering the level of the two nations, given the fact that Mexico are a great footballing nation and more importantly, they have been preparing their team for quite a long time with some world class stars.
Dahaba was however quick to admit that, the result of the test game will not affect the team's preparation ahead of the African nations qualifiers, adding that it can also serve as a moral booster exposure, as well as helping the coach build a formidable national team for the continental competitions.
"People should also put into consideration that