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Women U-17 set for historic encounter

Mar 16, 2012, 1:51 PM | Article By: Sainabou Kujabi-Njie

All is set for the Gambia women U-17 footballers’ pursuit for a place in the FIFA U-17 World Cup against Tunisia on Saturday 17 March 2012 at the Box Bar Mini-stadium in Brikama.

The Tunisia side that arrived early on Wednesday had a training session at Serrekunda East later that day in the afternoon as part of the first of the second but final round of the qualification campaign for the FIFA showpiece.

They also held another session yesterday at the Father Gough Sports Complex in Manjai. The Tunisians are also expected to hold their final session today at the Brikama Box Bar Mini-stadium before Saturday’s cracker. 

The Gambia women side, in the buildup to Saturday’s game, was supposed to meet a GFA selection yesterday in a friendly preparatory match.

When both sides meet recently, the U-17 side came from one-nil down to beat a GFA selection women team 6-1 in a friendly game at the Brikama Box Bar Mini-stadium.

The Gambia, who advanced from the first stage after eliminating Sierra Leone, are poised for a place in their first-ever Women U-17 World Cup.

Her Excellency the Vice President, Aja Dr Isatou Njie-Saidy, the chief guest of honour of the beautiful game, is expected to grace the Saturday’s crucial encounter

The Confederation of African Football (CAF), it would be recalled, delayed The Gambia versus Tunisia match in the 1st leg of the second and final round of qualifiers for the FIFA Women U-17 World Cup in Azerbaijan recently following a bend of events in Gambian football.

The match was initially billed for 9 March 2012, and the second leg will be played in Tunis on 30 March 2012.

The winner in both legs will automatically secure a spot in the World Cup to be hosted in Azerbaijan later this year.