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U-17 head coach dedicates qualification to Gambians

Nov 23, 2010, 2:02 PM | Article By: Lamin Drammeh

Lamin Sambou, head coach of the history-making Gambia national U-17 team, has dedicated the team’s qualification to CAF U-17 youth championship to Gambians.

Coach Sambou says the Gambian people are the main source of inspiration behind the Baby Scorpions’ successes in recent years.

Sambou, who was part of the U-17 team that beat Algeria to record its second continental title in style in Algiers in 2009, told the media at a recent press conference at the Independence Stadium in Bakau that “the U-17’s qualification is dedicated to the entire Gambian people who have always expressed great desire to see the team advance” to the championship.

“It was a long journey and a challenging one but we must thank God for giving us the strength and the ability to complete the journey with success,”  said Sambou, who was recently promoted to the position of head coach of the U-17 team following the departure of former coach Tarik Siagy of Egypt.

Sambou used the occasion to thank and appreciate his employers - the Gambia Football Association - for its tireless effort in trying to promote Gambian football to the highest standard.

He was also full of praises for the Gambian leader, President Yahya Jammeh, whom he considered the number one fan of the Gambia football and the U-17 team in particular.

The U-17 team has made every Gambian proud by eliminating their North African counterparts following a 1-nil win against Tunisia national U-17, which saw them advance to the 9th edition of CAF U-17 youth championship to be held in Rwanda in January.

The Baby Scorpions, who remain the firm favourite to regain the title they won in 2005 and 2009, have progressed to the Rwanda championship with a 3-3 aggregate thanks to two vital away goals over Tunisia.