2026 WC Qualifier: Gambia well equipped to defeat minnows Seychelles

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The scorpions are set to revive their World Cup qualifying hopes in Group F following two defeats in november against Burundi and African champions Cote d’Ivoire respectively which left them in fifth place just above the Seychelles.

The pirates have conceded 14 goals after 180 matches, making them a good prey for Musa Barrow and others. Despite injury setbacks for the scorpions, including the country’s leading goalscorer Assan Ceesay the Gambia foreign-based players are coming with good statistics following the completion of the 2023–2024 season. Adama Sidibeh, Omar Colley, and Musa Juwara all had incredible goalscoring form late on.

Jonathan McKinstry will begin his era with a tie against the Seychelles.  The Gambia is winless in their last five matches and has failed to keep a clean sheet in any of those games.

With the bookmakers tipping a huge win, the scorpiopn will be wary of Thursday’s results, with Guinea beating Algeria, Congo holding Senegal to a 1-1 draw, and Sudan beating Mauritania 2-0.

Ebrima Colley’s late arrival and that of Ablie Jallow mean that both Yankuba Minteh and Abdoulie Sanyang are likely to be given the nod in the starting XI. Reports have it that Alieu Fadera of K.R.C. Genk suffered a knock on Thursday.

There will be changes in the defence line as Sarr, Jarju, and Sibi battle for the number one spot, with captain Omar Colley also looking for a new centre back partner.

The Gambia have recorded five wins, one draw, and one defeat in Morocco before the Seychelles meeting on Saturday. The Gambia has to play their matches away from home due to the CAF suspension of the Bakau independence stadium.

While Tyrone Cadeau, 19, will be the only debutant for Seychelles, Edrissa Ceesay, Adama Bojang, Adama Sidibeh, and Ebrima Jarju are all potentials to be handed their debuts in Stade Municipal de Berkane.

Gambia possible starting lineup:
Jarju; Sanneh, Ceesay, Colley, Gaye; Adams, Bobb; Sanyang, Barrow, Minteh; Badammosi

Gambia is going head to head with Seychelles starting on 8 Jun 2024 at 16:00 UTC at Stade Municipal de Berkane stadium, Berkane city, Morocco. The match is a part of the FIFA World Cup, Qualification CAF, Group F.

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Baboucarr Fallaboweh
Baboucarr Fallaboweh Sports Editor (Buba Jallow Fallaboweh) is a Gambian football expert, football analyst & columnist. The Stockholm-based Journalist is a media officer, football Scout, PR, Influencer and Digital creator. I started my journalism career as a football analyst in 2012 with Vibes FM and went on to work with CityLimit, West Coast, Hot FM, Freedom Radio, Eye Africa and Afri Radio as a content producer and presenter. In 2013, I attended Football Daily on the BBC SPORTS where we discussed the different styles of Football played in Africa. I Went on to freelance for The Point Newspaper, Freedom Newspaper, Daily Observer and Standard Newspaper before being appointed as Sports Editor with the Alkamba Times in March 2022.  I have worked for Magazines like Glo Magazine and Foot54 covering Gambian football and African Football.   Between 2020 -2021 I worked as a scout for the Gambia Football Federation, scouting talents for the U17 &U20.  From 2017 to 2021, I served as Media officer for GFF First division teams Team Rhino and Marimoo and also as media Officer of Banjul FC, fourth Division tier in Sweden and Darboe’s FC (Female second division club in the Gambia). I served as a PR for Superstars Academy.   With Afrencon, I was a data analyst before I joined LightHouse as a head scout for the Gambia project. In organizational structures, I served as the ambassador of the John Bass Kidney Foundation and one of the founders of the foundation creating kidney awareness in the Gambia.   I also served two positions in the Gambian organization in Sweden, as Sports chairman and the secretary of the associations.   After 12 years of being a football journalist, I was named 3rd best sports column writer in Africa year 2021 by the reputable sports media organization AIPS. I finished in the top 35 in the world with my article titled Back way: Gambian footballers in deadly Voyage to Europe.   With over 500 articles and interviews, analysis, profiling, features and news, I was shortlisted for the Gambia Press Union National Journalist Award 2022. I submitted the article which was co-written alongside Momodou Bah From Living Through Despair to Being An Agent Of Hope, The Inspiring Story Of John Bass.   I have served as an advisers to Football academies, clubs, and players and others. I have hosted dozens of shows and was invited as a guest on both radio, TV and the online press. I also covered the Gambia's maiden AFCON debut in 2021 in Cameroon.  

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