May 12, 2008, 5:28 AM
The national U17 team of Sierra Leone's arrival in The Gambia has been hindered due to flight difficulties Pointsports can reveal.
The Lone Stars of Sierra Leone were expected to jet into Banjul yesterday August 27th 2008 for their encounter with the darling U17 team of The Gambia in the CAF 17 Youth Championship preliminaries round first leg to be played at the Independence Stadium in Bakau.
Speaking to Pointsports regarding the arrival of the visiting team, the President of The Gambia Football Association, Mr. Seedy MB Kinteh, confirmed the matter and said, "the U17 team of Sierra Leone were expected yesterday but due to flight difficulties in Sierra Leone they could not make it and will be looking towards on Saturday for arrival." He said that " the referee's has already arrived from Liberia and the match commissioner is from Mauritania." President Kinteh added, "the game could be switched to Sunday due to the late arrival of the visiting team but it depends on the match commissioner and the referee's approval. "If this is the case," he said, "a press release will be sent to various media houses regarding the changes in the fixture of the game." He further called on the general public to come all out to support the boys.
Meanwhile, in another development, Real de Banjul striker Ebou Bojang, who was on trials in America, has joined the U17 team at camp.
Speaking to Pointsports, the Head Coach of the Gambia U17 team, Tarik, expressed optimism that his boys are well prepared and are willing to fight. He said, " the motivation is very high as the players are ready and the team is in track." According to Tarik, "Ebou Bojang has finally joined the team in camp after having trials in the USA." The Egyptian born coach then called on the general public to come all out to give support to the boys. In conclusion he said, "the boys need support as they are very young players and need the support of the public."