By: Baboucarr Fallaboweh
Tom Saintfiet gave Ebou Adams his debut against Algeria at home and the player has gone on to represent the scorpions eleven times including Nations cup appearances.
The Gambia national team coach heaped praises on the 26-year- old central midfielder upon completing his switch to Cardiff City FC on a three-year deal.
“It’s very fantastic and I am very happy. It proves that four years ago when I selected him I was right, I remember so many times when I used Ebou he was been criticized and booed on the pitch at home. The guy proved he is a quality player and deserves to be where he is. It’s a good step forward and hopes he proves himself there.” Tom stated
The Gambia will engage the United Arab Emirates in Dubai on June 29th after kicking off the AFCON 2023 qualifiers against South Sudan on June 4th in Thies with subsequent games against Congo on June 8th.
Saintfiet sent invitations to 35 players on Saturday with some being doubtful about the encounter.
“Hoping the majority will travel” emphasized the Belgium gaffer.
Tom will be welcoming back Hamza Barry as well as Ablie Jallow following a knee injury whiles Steve Trawally who moved to Stockholm is yet to play after sustaining an injury against Chad.
Bakery Jatta of Hamburg SV is also named in the provisional list though many thought CasaSports winger Lamin Jarju will be handed a spot in the Senegal CHAN team.
Bun Sanneh who has three goals & four assists since his return to action is also handed a spot. The central midfielder was on the bench when The Gambia beat Gabon 2-1 at home.