The senior national team of The Gambia held their first training session in Morocco ahead of their three test matches against the Morocco CHAN team, Sierra Leone and South Sudan.

The team that arrived in EL Jadida, Morocco comprised some notable names like Babucarr Steve Trawally, Lamin Jallow, Ebrima Sohna among others.

Head coach Tom Saintfiet has called a 26-man squad for the country’s training camp and test matches in Morocco between October 4 to 12 in the upcoming FIFA international window.

The camp is part of the Scorpions’ preparations ahead of the January AFCON in Cameroon.

Abdoulie Sanyang, Ebrima Colley and Hamza Barry all missed out due to injuries. Sulayman Marreh and Muhammed Badamosi both returned to the squad after recovering from injury and the England-based duo of Ibou Touray and Ebou Adams have been included in the Belgian’s squad.

Another notable returnee is Modou Barrow, who requested permission to miss the September window.

The Scorpions will begin their test matches with a training game against Morocco’s CHAN team on 7th October, before playing their official international game against the Leone Stars of Sierra Leone and fellow AFCON debutants two days later.

Tom and his charges will ultimately wrap up the camp against the Bright Stars of South Sudan on 12th October.

The Scorpions will make their AFCON debut against Mauritania on 12th January 2022.

The test games are expected to provide Coach Saintfiet the chance to continue working on his team’s strength as well as increase squad depth ahead of the continental football showpiece.

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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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