The Gambia need maximum four points from March’s two matches at home to Angola and away to the Democratic Republic of Congo.
However, a win at home in match day five coupled with a home win for Gabon against the DR Congo will give the Scorpions and The Panthers an unassailable lead, thus securing Group D’s two spots in next year’s continental showpiece ahead of the final group matches.
“Naturally it’s different when you can work every day with the team. My players will only arrive on Monday 22nd Match and I know that I have only two training sessions but I’m already 12 years as a national team head coach so I am used to it”, said coach Saintfiet.
My biggest problem naturally is the availability of the players and hopefully no one will have injury,” he added in an interview with GFF’s Communications.
The Belgian further gave details on injuries to Hamzy Barry and Muhammed Badamosi, noting that while the March 25th and 29th matches may be too early for the former, the latter, who plays for Kortrijk in Belgium, could return to the fold having missed the double header against Gabon in November.
I think 25th gives us the opportunity to get the players on time in The Gambia to have at least two days of normal training, he further said.
He also expressed happiness with the dates, saying it is good that they know them now because it will help them plan in advance.
The Scorpions gaffer also thanked the GFF and the government of The Gambia through the Ministry of Youth and Sports for the special flight and accommodation accorded to the team in their double header against Gabon.