By: Bubacarr Fallaboweh
The Gambia Olympic team started their training on Monday ahead of their encounter with Burkina Faso in an AFCON U-23 qualifier.
The local-based players reported to the Goal project with the exclusion of those who were involved in the Sunday FA Cup finals with their clubs.
Jammeh, the Finnish-based coach, has been in the Gambia since August 12th and emphasized that Monday training was good.
“I need time to analyze what I have in hand; I am impressed with the players’ performance so far. I was monitoring the league. U23 is a tough competition; I want to go with experienced players to give me the results. I am focusing on those with U20 and the previous U23,’ He told Alkamba Times Sports.
“There are foreign players too; Ablie Gassama had to return to Casa Sports because of CAF engagement. I want to build a balanced team; the goalkeeper will be a local player because we don’t have any foreign-based player in that department who is in that age bracket. It’s a matter of training and giving everyone a chance to show their talents.”
Jammeh, who had 36 caps with the scorpions, has in his rank Brikama Utd gaffer Modou Lamin Nyassi, Abdou Njie, the former Gambia U17 & U20, and former National Goalkeeper Christopher Allen as part of his technical team.
The first round of the AFCON U23 qualifiers pitted the Gambia against Burkina Faso in Match number 13 and 14, with the first leg away in Ouagadougou in September. The winner in the first round will proceed to play Senegal in October.