By Sulayman Bah It might just be ‘another friendly’ but the underlining substances beneath today’s match is mightier than is thought. Gambia has far too long–for one-year eight months – stayed out of the football limelight into the correction room for getting it wrong with CAF’s stipulated rules.The resultant move was a two-year ban from the Confederation of African Football for ‘cheating their way past Liberia’. It occurred at a moment Gambian fans have grown disillusioned over the national team repeated failed promise of qualification to a major championship. It was hoped the Gambia U-20 will placade supporters for their seniors’ unprepossessing display by booking a place to the AYC in Senegal. In fact confidence was brimming in all quarters that the goodies would be delivered giving the assembled quality of players making up the Young Scorpions set up under a much revered Tapha Manneh’s guidance. So when an axe-wielding CAF struck -banning Gambia for two years from international competition -the effect couldn’t have been serious and the timing devastating. For it did not only coerce Gambia back to football administration basics but further shattered fans hope. So the stakes in today’s encounter despite a friendly couldn’t be higher. Tasked with presiding over the Gambian team, comprising exclusively home-based players, Bonu Johnson and assistant Matarr Mboge must not only see to it that the Scorpions battered image is redeemed by trouncing the Mourabitounes but as well attempt to restore fans fate in a team that has become habitual offenders for failing way short of expectations over a dozen decades. However against an opposition in Mauritania who has made visiting Banjul without causing stir a habit, they face an uphill but doable task. The last time the Mauritanian team trooped at the Independence Stadium they returned to Nouakchott with a reason worth bragging about –beating the Scorpions 1-0 and drawing them 0-0 in the second match of a double-legged fixture played in Banjul. In 2008, they had Gambia home-based outfit booted out of the CHAN on the away goal rule in which then Steve Biko stalwart Habib Kunta was penalised. Bonu and Matarr have a mammoth job to fulfill. Below is the list of players lined up for today’s match. A captain was yet to be announced yesterday evening but GPA’s Christopher Allen being the most senior player is expected to lead should he start in goal. Baka Ceesay GAMTEL 2. Musa Jatta BRIKAMA UNITED FC 3. Christopher Allen GPA FC 4. Sam Pierre Mendy GAMTEL 5. Mass Manga HAWKS FC 6. Daniel Mendy BRIKAMA UNITED FC 7. Ousman Cham BANJUL UNITED FC 8. Modou Jatta STEV BIKO FC 9. Samba Kujabi ARMED FORCES FC 10. Nuha Barrow GAMTEL FC 11. Saikou Conteh STEVE BIKO FC 12. Sulayman Saho BRIKAMA UNITED FC 13. Adama Jarjue GAMTEL FC 14. Abdoulie Bah GPA FC 15. Kabba Sambou HAWKS FC 16. Ebrima Jobe GAMTEL FC 17. Lamin Charty HAWKS FC 18. Ebou Kanteh BRIKAMA UNITED FC 19. Modou Lamin Manneh WALLIDAN FC 20. Bully Drammeh BRIKAMA UNITED FC 21. Mustapha Njie BOMBADA FC 22. Yaya Ndong GAMTEL FC 23. Alfusainey Gassama HAWKS FC]]>
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