EYEAFRICA TV: Banjul, The Gambia: The Gambia Football Federation (GFF) estimated cost for both home and return matches of the Scorpions 2022 World Cup preliminary matches against the Palancas Negras of Angola is fifteen million, two hundred and eighteen thousand, seven hundred and six dalasi (D15, 218, 706), the Federation’s estimated budget cost obtained by Eye Africa TV confirms.
Out of the total estimated cost for both matches, head coach Tom Saintfiet, his assistant Matarr Mbodge and team manager Ousman Drammeh took tmatch bonus of D84, 000, D78, 400 and 72, 800 respectively, from each game and camping allowance of D70, 000, D67, 200 and D64, 400, respectively.
The Scorpions were held to a 1-0 defeat on home soil by the Palancas Negras last Friday, casting doubts in many Gambians whether the country could make it to the 2022 World Cup that will be hosted by Qatar. They will be playing in the return-leg tomorrow Tuesday in Luanda where they are required to win the Palancas Negras 2-0 to move forward or a 2-1 to go for penalty shootout. Any draw will see the Scorpions out of the qualification round.
The question now coming from fans is that will the Scorpions meet up to expectations in the Luanda return-leg tomorrow? Hopes are diverse. While some give consolation hope that the Scorpions will pass the Angola challenge to the next level, some suggest that the country should stay away from international competitions and focus on mending the broken fences that have been obstructing the country’s poor performance. This meant that they are even hopeless that the Tuesday return match will provide no success.
In the obtained GFF document, the Tuesday Lusaka return match will cost eight million, six hundred and ninety-six thousand, four hundred and fifty-three dalasi (D8, 696, 453) while the last Friday home game costed six million, five hundred and twenty-two thousand, two hundred and fifty-three dalasi (D6, 522, 253).