The Gambian U-20 team head coach Lamin Sarr expressed optimism that his final selected team will make it in Johannesburg, South Africa in the African Youth championship, due to kick off 17 April 2011.
Speaking to journalists before his team’s departure, Sarr said he had ‘a fantastic camp’ ahead of the tournament. He confessed that his players have adapted good relationship with the coaching staff, which he described as a promising factor for success.
He referred to his final selection as perfect contenders to earn The Gambia trophies. He said: “I have selected the best among all.”
The other side of the coin was the frustration shown by the Gambia foreign base player Alieu Darboe, who plays his trade in Lens Mans, France.
Darboe is not happy about been dropped by Lamin Sarr despite his interest in playing for his home country. He termed the coach’s decision as disappointing and a waste of time.
Darboe’s hope for a spot in the 21 man squad to represent The Gambia in South Africa was cut short after been dropped by Sarr together with Lamin Samateh alias Base Man among others, after weeks of intensive training camp in The Gambia.
In a firm response to West Coast Radio, Darboe said he will never show up if Sarr needs him again.
The Gambia will begin its campaign in the tournament with a match against the Indomitable Lions of Cameroun come 18 April, before facing Nigeria and the defending world U-20 Champions, Ghana in group B.Meanwhile, The Gambia U20 captain, Saikou Gassama urged Gambians to give all the necessary support to the team, promising to raise The Gambia’s flag high.