By Sulayman Bah Following the Scorpions’ hard fought stalemate in Durban, GambianAbdou Jammeh captain Abdou Jammeh has hailed public support offered to the team. Gambia stunned a wasteful Bafana Bafana to pick their first point of Gabon 2017 Africa Cup of Nations Cup qualifiers.That point, in what Gambia’s first appearance in international competition since Caf’s ban, didn’t come without tough battle as visitors Gambia sat on the back foot with only one open goal chance the full ninety. The draw has revived fans interest in a team that has been no much a catalogue of disappoints on the back of many years of attempts without success to qualify for the continental event. And speaking three days after the duel in Johannesburg, Gambian captain Abdou Jammeh who flew back to KuPS in Finland yesterday, was all acknowledgements over the massive support offered to the team. The 28-year-old Journeyman player –part of the six players reportedly denied visas by South Africa’s embassy while in Uganda, wrote to his thousand plus following: ‘As one of senior players or Captain of the Scorpions, I want to seize the opportunity on my behalf and that of my colleagues to thank all Gambians for their prayers, The fans for the fabulous support, the Coach and the technicians for the motivational guidance and encouragement, and GFF and the Government for the moral and financial support.’ ‘We all know how tough it is travelling in Africa and playing African opponents at home, but you carried us through the challenges. We hope this is just the beginning of a new dawn and greater things to come in Gambian football,’ the former Torpedo Moscow, SK Lierse and KuPS stopper says. Abdou Jammeh despite landing only yesterday remains in contention to play a part in KuPS’s game against Hifk tomorrow. Talking to the press earlier shortly after the final whistle the ex-Steve Biko skipper paid tribute to his team-mates’ heroics revealing Gambia’s game plans was to frustrate the hosts. “Our game plan was to come and frustrate South Africa. We only trained for 45 minutes with the team as we arrived in South Africa on Friday. Seven of us arrived late, I think with that said, we can do better as a team. We expected better football from Bafana and they did play better I must say. We’re now looking forward to the Cameroon game and it’s not going to be easy, but we’ll try and prepare we’ll. We are aiming for three points at home. We’ll start counting our points target after that game, we’ve started the journey now and we’ll take it one game at a time.” Camerron now tops Gambia’s group after stealing a late winner against Mauritania.]]>

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