Nov 12, 2010, 11:28 AM
The Gambia National U-17 team on Saturday suffered a disappointing one-all draw against neighbors
Play maker, Joseph Loppy, gave the visitors the lead when he capitalized on a defensive error to drill home a clever close-range effort in the 35th minute.
But before that, the home team had a bright start to the game and created numerous scoring opportunities through Striker Alasan Camara and midfielder Saihou Gassama in the 2nd and 21st minutes respectively but could not find the net.
The young Gambian international Striker Ebrima Bojang, who recently put pen to paper on a 4-year contract with French Ligue 1 Side St Etienne, had his powerful right footed shot saved by Senegalese goalkeeper Malic Traore in the dying minutes of the first half.
The darling U-17 came out in a dramatic fashion following a frustrating first period to level the score through substitute and Samger influential Star Striker Buba Jallow, widely known as Melez, who took the advantage of Alasan Camara's pass to tap in a low shot past the visitors' goalkeeper in the 78th minute of a pulsating and action- packed game to the delight of the spectators.
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The game is U-17's first international friendly ahead of the Nigeria world cup, and it is expected to be followed by another friendly international at home to the young super eaglets of Nigeria.
In a separate but similar development, the Gambia Female National team secured an impressive 3-nil victory over the selection of players drawn from different female division one teams at the Independence Stadium. Goals from Saineh Sisoho, Ndey Biyai and Striker Sariba Colley were enough to give the National team the win.