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U-20 team leave for Freetown

Aug 4, 2010, 4:01 PM | Article By: Lamin Drammeh

The rejuvenated Gambia National U-20 team played their last friendly game with a pulsating 1-1 draw with the U-17 team, as they set to leave Banjul for Freetown, Sierra Leone this evening (3.00 PM) for the return-leg of the 2011African Orange qualifier against the Shooting Stars in Freetown, slated for Saturday.

The team under the tutelage of Lamin Sarr got-off to a promising start to the campaign which saw them enjoyed a deserved 4-1 win over their visitors, a fortnight ago in Banjul to silence their critics who occasionally questioned their ability to produce a stunning performance after they endured an embarrassing display in the 2009 U-20 qualifiers with a 1-nil defeat against Ghana in Banjul.

Sarr, who spoke to Pointsport in an interview, shortly after helping the team held U-17 to a titanic 1-1 draw, courtesy of goals from Ebrima Camara for the U-20 and Hamza Barry for the U-17 team at the Serrekunda East Mini-stadium yesterday morning, is however aware of the big task ahead of him and his team despite winning comfortably on home soil.

He said that the U-20 team can finish the job right in Free Town on Saturday given the fact that the confidence and the team spirit since their stunning victory against Sierra Leone will continue to serve as a source of motivation and inspiration for the boys to deliver to the best of their ability.

"We will definitely qualify no doubt about that" Sarr confidently stated.

But Sarr and his outstanding men who needed at least a draw to salvage a 4-1 deficit following their convincing first-leg victory over the shooting stars two weeks ago know that the country's hope rest entirely on their shoulders.

Should they progress to the second stage of the qualifying campaign, the Baby Scorpions will rub shoulders with the winner between Ivory Coast and Tanzania.