By Ousman A. Marong
The head coach of the Gambia’s senior national football team, Tom Saintfiet on Friday released his final 25-man squad for next week’s African Nations Cup (AFCON) qualifiers at home to Angola and away to the Democratic Republic of Congo, a week later.
However, several players are not available due to injuries and/or travel limitations related to COVID19.
The players from overseas are expected to arrive in Banjul on Monday 22nd March 2021 via a chartered flight. The team is set to hold its first training session on Tuesday 23rd March.
The Scorpions will welcome the Palancas Negras of Angola in their Group D fixture for the qualifiers of the continent’s biggest football tournament next Friday at the Independence Stadium in Bakau at 4pm.
Coach Tom Saintfiet and his charges must stun Angola next Friday in Banjul to increase their chances of making their debut appearance in the Afcon to be held in Cameroon next year after clinching 7 points in four group games.
Angola, on the other hand, must produce a miracle to overcome both the Gambia and Gabon in their two final Group D fixtures and hope the Scorpions overcome the Democratic Republic of Congo to grip qualification to the tournament in Cameroon.
The Palancas Negras are currently sitting bottom-place in Group D with 1 point after four group matches.