EYEAFRICA TV: Banjul, The Gambia: Sunday night, Lamin Kaba Bajo jetted the plane alongside youth and Sports minister Hadrammeh Sidibeh and several officials of the GFF executive including Sadibou Kamaso, to join the Scorpions in Luanda for their today Tuesday return-leg challenge with the Palancas Negras of Angola.
To the President of The Gambia Football Federation, his presence at the crucial Luanda away game meant a lot to the Scorpions, including being a recipe for encourage and determination for a win.
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.
Responding to questions on what prompted his inclusion in a trip he rarely involves himself in, Mr. Bajo said: “Hence the trip is a special one, my presence is to give hope to the team so that they can feel encouraged by our presence. It will show to the boys that there is seriousness in this game.”
He has already joined the Scorpions at their training ground at the 11th November Stadium in Angolan capital, Luanda, where the match will be played at 4pm local time, today.
Mr. Bajo said having recognised the fact that away matches could be daunting especially at the highest level, “our presence sends an encouragement signal and at the level of the Federation and government, it is very important because sometimes things could be difficult especially when it is a return-leg.”
Now there is diverse hope in Gambian fans whether the Scorpions will be able to survive today’s challenge. 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.
Mr. Bajo said since he seldom travels with the national teams due to many reasons, including financial implications, he have reposed absolute confidence and trust in the personnel who have been representing him and the Federation at events.
On the advance party earlier sent to cater for local logistics in Luanda, President Bajo hailed Mr. Sadibou Kamaso for his exceptional dispositions in putting up logistics necessary for the team.
He said Sadibou has surpassed what they expected from him. “He has chosen us a Five Star hotel at a very good rate. All visas are issued and being a young, smart and a businessman, he could do a lot of things and that was why an advance party was decided for this game.”