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Senior team still in World Cup qualifiers

Aug 22, 2012, 10:46 AM | Article By: Cherno Omar Bobb

Following the withdrawal of the U-17 and U-20 male football teams from their respective qualifiers, the senior national football team, despite their disappointing results in both the African Cup of Nations and World Cup Qualifiers, will continue participating in the world and continental qualifiers.

Alh. Omar Sey, spokesperson and vice chairman of the Gambia Football Association (GFA) Normalization Committee, Tuesday confirmed that the team will still take part in the World Cup Qualifiers.

Sey said, ‘Insallah’, the team will still take part in the World Cup Qualifiers. The withdrawal of the Gambian teams at the junior categories has not affected the senior national team, despite an outing so far rated as one of the poorest by the team.

The Scorpions were held to a 1-1 draw in their opening match of the World Cup Qualifiers at home to Morocco, and went on to lose 2-1 to Tanzania. The team has a mountain to climb, when they take on Ivory Coast in their next game of the qualifiers to be played at home.

The team which could only manage a single point, since Roberto Manchini took over as head coach, will be hoping to collect the maximum points when they face Ivory Coast, in order to keep their hopes of securing their first-ever World Cup appearance alive.