Gambia’s female U-20 set for daunting task


The Gambia national female U-20 football team faces a huge task as they brace up for the return leg clash with Burkina Faso in the FIFA U-20 women’s World Cup qualifiers.

The Young Queen scorpions suffered a one-nil defeat in the first leg in Banjul and will be hoping to overturn the tie when they take on a free-flowing Burkina side in Porto Nove in Benin on Saturday 9th October 2021.

Foday Bah’s team, who had series of training sessions in Benin, are sounding upbeat ahead of the clash.

“We are very prepared to make sure that we win our away game so we can prepare for the next stage. So we are urging all the Gambians to pray for us so we go back with the victory”, Jarra Jabang, The Gambia U-20 defender told the GFF Media team.

Sang Ndong, the Technical Director of GFF and the technical adviser for the U-20 team, said since it is a neutral ground, a win is possible for the Young Scorpions.

“You win football before the matches and the environment created is a motivating one, everybody is trying to play their part and is a very solid team. If it continues like this, we will see a very good game on Saturday and we can win since both teams are travelling to meet in Benin. So it is anybody’s game”, Sang said.

The two teams will clash at 3pm Gambian time at Stade Charles De Gaulle in Porto Novo.

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Sainey M.K. Marenah
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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