Gambia’s Coach Releases Provisional Squad Ahead of AFCON


With less than a month to go before the Africa Cup of Nations starts in Cameroon, Gambia’s head coach Tom Saintfiet has released a provisional squad of forty players.

The team will be trimmed to 28 players on time, that will travel to Cameroon for the continental showpiece.

After coming under widespread criticism for recently leaving out players who were integral during the qualifiers in most of the Gambia’s recent International friendlies. Coach Tom Saintfiet has included veteran team captain Pa Modou Jagne, Modou Jobe, Ebrima Sohna, Dawda Ngum, among other players.

The list also included goal poachers Assan Ceesay and Dembo Darbo both of who are in a red hot form. Midfielder Sulayman Marreh, Ebrima Darbo, Bubacarr Steve Trawally and Abdoulie Jallow all make the cuts.

However, despite cries for the country’s most consistent foreign-based player Ali Sowe to be included, coach Tom turned a deaf ear to the calls. Another notable absentee is midfield maestro Hamza Barry who is still nursing an injury.

The Gambia are drawn in Group F alongside Mali, Tunisia and Mauritania.

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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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