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.