EYEAFRICA TV: Marrakech, MOROCCO: Gambia beat Guniea Conkary by a goal to nil in a friendly game in Morocco thanks to Ebrima Sohna solitary strike in the first half.
Tom Saintfielt and his counterpart Paul Put started with a 4-3-3 formation but it was the Sylli Nationale who enjoyed the Lions share of possession.
Guniea who used the game as a preparatory outing ahead of the 2019 AFCON in Egypt had three clear chances but failed to open the scoring as Modou Jobe defended gallantly.
The deadlock of the game was broken by Ebrima Sohna who replaced Sal Jobarteh in the 20th minutes.
After recess, the Gunieans came close to draw level but still found the towering Modou Jobe as a big stumbling block.
Saintfelt later in the game brought on Yankuba Jarju, Catania forward Khalifa Manneh and Gamtel defender Njine Faye as the Scorpions searched for another goal.
Despite a late attack from the Gunieans, the Scorpions held their might at the rear as the game ended 1-0 in favor of the Scorpions.
Saintfielt has given the entire team a day off on Saturday before they start training on Sunday to prepare for Wednesday game against Morocco. He will be hoping to have Captain Pa Modou Jagne fit. It is however it’s confirmed that Toulouse centre back Moussa Kamara will join the camp on saturday whilst Lamin Jallow will be with the team on Monday. Meanwhile, Ebrima Colley will return to Italy to help Atalanta in their Primavera play-off.
Starting XI : 4-3-3 Formation
Modou Jobe (GK)
Omar Colley (C)
20 Ebrima Sohna in Sal Jobarteh out
77 Khalifa Manneh & Yankuba Jarju in Barrow & Jobe out
79 Ngine Faye in Dawda Ngum out
83 Gibril Bojang in Ebrima Colley out
92 Bubacarr Sanneh In -Sheriff Sinyan Out
Gk – Modou Jobe “This is my first clean sheet in six games under Tom Saintfielt, I thank God. The new players have done a great impact. They played well and it it’s a plus. It was a good game”
Debutant Yankuba Jarju – I’m very proud and happy to put on Gambia jersey . As a footballer I want to play in all competitions including the World Cup and AFCON. Whenever I’m called upon I will take up my responsibility and it is to score goals. I see a future in this team, the fighting spirit is within there. Its a honour to represent the Gambia”
Ngine Faye “It’s a blessing to represent the Gambia , the debut has pushed me a lot and I will keep striving , whenever am called upon I will deliver”
Coach Tom Saintfielt- I’m very happy and proud with the result against a very strong Guinea who 68 in the FIFA rankings and we’re 163 and can still beat them here knowing that seven players made their debuts for the national team in this game so it is very special
🗣️ “I think it is very good to look forward as we have a lot of young players, motivated players a lot of players who love to play for their country and are ready to battle and fight and even get good results against big nations so it looks good for the future
“It is only positive to go into the Morocco game after beating Guinea it gives us confidence but morocco will play at home and will be naturally more difficult