The Gambia national female U-20 team
Burkina Faso national female U-20 team

The Gambia female national under 20 team began their under 20 World Cup qualifiers with a narrow one-nil defeat against the visiting Burkina Faso Under 20 team at the Independence Stadium. 

The host created and squandered their chances and were punished by Adel Naomie Kabore’s 77th-minute goal which was all but enough for the visitors to secure a one-nil will against the Queen scorpions of the Gambia in the first leg.

Even behind closed doors the Gambian girls were impressive throughout and could have been two goals ahead at halftime.

Fatoumata Jammeh first received a lovely true pass from captain Haddy Wally but the young winger was denied in a one-on-one situation by Burkina Faso goalkeeper Mariam Ouattara and at the stroke of halftime Gambian centre forward Teddy Sirreh Jatta agonizingly saw her goal-bound attempt hit the woodwork as the first period ended goalless.

The Junior Queen Scorpions started the second half as they did in the first half, with the mesmeric Fatoumata Jammeh asking a lot of questions from the Burkina Faso defence and both captain Haddy Wally and Fatoumata Erma Mook forced a save off the Burkina custodian.

However, the Burkina side who appeared to be ahead of the Gambia technically, continue to stay organized and they relied on one quick attack to punish the host as Adel Naomie Kabore capitalized on the Gambia defenders failure to clear their line and smashed into the top roof to earned the visitors a vital one-nil win.

Coach Foday Bah of the Gambian team said he had mixed feelings at the end.

“Am not happy with the result but am happy with the performance. We dominated and created many chances that’s positive”, he said.

“This is the first time I played a competitive game with these girls, that will greatly help me to better prepare for the return leg”, Bah added.

Burkina Faso head coach Pascal Sawadogo hailed the performance of his girls. ” The game was very open, the girls were composed and they capitalised on one of the two chances to decide the game, which is good.” He said.

The junior Queen Scorpions will clash with Burkina Faso On the 7th of October 2021 in Cotonou, Benin for the return leg.

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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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