Portugal camp: Scorpions team receives major blow ahead of int’l friendlies 

Oct 6, 2020, 12:11 PM | Article By: Arfang M.S. Camara

The Gambia national team coach Tom Saintfiet has been dealt a major blow ahead of the double international friendly games against Guinea Conakry and Congo as he will manage without some members of his squad and backroom staff.

According to reports, Ajman and FUS Rabat strikers, Bubacarr Trawally and Mohammed Badamosi alongside experienced goalkeeper Modou Jobe and Ebrima Sohna will not make it to Portugal due to visa issues and covid-19 protocols.

Officials including Assistant Coach Alagie Sarr, Team Manager Ousman (Cho) Drammeh, Team Doctor Pa Landing Jarju, Fitness and Conditioning analyst Riedoh Berdien, Kits Manager Mustapha Kassama and Goal Keeper Trainer Alagie Marong will as well not attend the training camp.

Earlier on in his 40-man provisional squad, some players announced their unavailability for the training camp due to reasons attached, Cody Drameh (Family issue), Lamin Jallow (returning after injury + move to new club), Alasanna Jatta (injury), Modou Barrow (covid quarantine travel issue), Ablie Jallow (injury), Ebou Adams (prefers club ahead of National Team), Yusupha Bobb (document issue) and Saidy Janko (document issue + move to new club).

According to GFF, the team were accompanied by Lang Tombong Tamba who is head delegation, Tom Saintfiet head coach, Lamin M. Jassey team manager, two Germans Jo Stock goalkeeper trainer and Robby Echelmeyer as Kit manager; Italian Daniele Caceca as fitness and conditioning coach, and two Belgians Tom Mertens and Joppe Vermeulen both physios respectively would serve dual purpose in place of substantial officials who could not secured travel visas to Portugal due to the Covid-19 restrictions.

The Gambia Senior National team will be engaged in two international friendly matches with Congo (Brazaville) slated for 9th October and Guinea on 13th October 2020, both matches at Algarve.

Meanwhile, Gambia’s coach will use the warm up matches to hone the skills of the Scorpions within the FIFA sanctioned dates ahead of the resumption of THE Afcon qualifiers scheduled for November 2020 when the Gambia as Group D leaders will take on Gabon on a two legged tie.