Jun 18, 2010, 2:14 PM
The General Secretary of the Gambia Football Association Jammeh E.K Bojang told Pointsport that the Gambia National U-17 team will not take part in the first Africa International Youth Football Tournament that is currently in session in Freetown, Sierra Leone, despite receiving the invitation by Isha Cole of Sierra Leone, whom he described as a friend.
The two time African champions that failed to past the group stage of the recently ended FIFA U-17 World Cup in Nigeria is one of the teams invited by Isha Tijan Cole of Sierra Leone to take part in the the youth championship which includes Cruzeiro of Brazil, Ajax of Holland, FK Bodo glunt of Norway, Liberty Professional Of Ghana, young controllers of Liberia, Pepsi Academy team of Nigeria and the host Johansen of Sierra Leone.
But if the words of the Secretary-General of GFA are any thing to lean on, the Baby Scorpions will not participate in the championship.
Jammeh added, the invitation was given to him but the FA could not send the team to the competition because the Coach has gone on holiday.
When our reporter asked Jammeh Bojang what is next for the U17 team after their shock exit from FIFA's third biggest tournament, Jammeh was however quick to add that the whole world is waiting for the completion of African nation's and the FIFA World Cup, respectively before the team could engage in any competition.The U-17 has made two attempts to win its first-ever World Cup but that dream did not materialise as a result of their failure achieve any success in the just concluded FIFA U-17 World Cup in Nigeria which saw Switzerland winning its first World Cup title.