The Gambia national female U-20 team

The Gambia Football Federation (GFF) has confirmed, the National Women’s U-20 Team’s FIFA World Cup qualifiers against Morocco will still go ahead with changes to previously scheduled dates.

Both matches of the two-legged encounter will now take place in the Kingdom of Morocco which has closed its airspace to all incoming passenger flights as concerns grow over the new, heavily mutating variant of the coronavirus, Omicron.

The Gambian team went to camp on Monday November 29th at the Football Hotel in Kanifing, and were scheduled to fly to Morocco on December 1 to play the first leg originally scheduled for December 4.

Since then, GFF has been engaged in tripartite negotiations with its Moroccan counterparts and the Confederation of African Football (CAF) to find an amicable solution to the situation.

“We proposed to reschedule the matches to the 12th and 18th December which the Moroccans agreed to but CAF is instead proposing the 6th and 12th because of travel arrangements of the match officials. The matter isn’t conclusive yet as we await confirmation from our continental body.
Once the new dates are confirmed by CAF, Morocco will send a charter flight to Banjul to airlift the girls to play the match” the GFF statement reveals.

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Mr. Sainey M.K. Marenah is a Prominent Gambian journalist, founding editor The Alkamba Times and formerly head of communications at the Constitutional Review Commission (CRC) and Communications and PR Consultant for The Gambia Pilot Program, under Gamworks. Mr. Marenah served as the Social media Strategist and Editor at Gambia Radio and Television Services. He is also the Banjul Correspondent for Voice of America Radio. Sainey is a human rights and developmental journalist who has carved a strong niche particularly in new media environments in the Gambian media industry. Mr. Marenah began his career as a junior reporter with the Point Newspaper in the Gambia in 2008 and rose through the ranks to become Chief correspondent before moving to The Standard Newspaper also in Banjul as Editorial Assistant and head of News. He is a household name in the Gambia’s media industry having covered some of the most important stories in the former and current government. These include the high profile treason cases including the Trial of Former military chiefs in Banjul in 2009 to 2012. Following his arrest and imprisonment by the former regime of President, Yahya Jammeh in 2014, Marenah moved to Dakar Senegal where he continues to practice Journalism freelancing for various local and international Media organization’s including the BBC, Al-Jazeera, VOA, and ZDF TV in Germany among others. He is the co-Founder of the Banjul Based Media Center for Research and Development; an institution specialized in research and development undertakings. As a journalist and Communication Expert, focused on supporting the Gambia's transitional process, Mr Marenah continues to play a pivotal role in shaping a viable media and communications platform that engages necessary tools and action to increase civic participation and awareness of the needs of transitional governance to strengthen the current move towards democratization. Mr. Marenah has traveled extensively as a professional journalist in both Europe, Africa and United States and attended several local and international media trainings.

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