The conditions are in place for the Scorpions, the A selection from Gambia, to take part in their first African Cup of Nations finals, said Gambian Football Federation (GFF) vice-president Bakary Jammeh. .
“It’s time we have the players, a Federation and government authorities to see Gambia at the CAN, especially for the next edition,” scheduled for 2021 in Cameroon, he said in an interview with the APS.
Bakary Jammeh, who is also in charge of administration and finances at the Gambia Football Federation (GFF), is currently in Cairo (Egypt) where the U23 CAN is played.
Gambia’s first two results for the CAN 2021 qualifiers are “very encouraging”, he said, thanks in part to the players he believes are playing in the best leagues in the world.
Bakary Jammeh quoted Genoa defender Sampdoria Omar Colley and midfielder Ebrima Colley (Atalanta, Italy), as well as other Gambian players playing in France and Scandinavia (Norway, Sweden and Denmark).
The first vice-president of the Gambia Football Federation is therefore delighted by the victory against Angola (3-1) away and a draw (2-2) at home against DR Congo, results obtained in the frame of the qualifiers of CAN 2021 and which he says confirms the Federation in its ambitions.
“Now we do not miss a FIFA date and it’s important to help young people prepare for the qualifying matches,” he said, recalling that before the 2019 CAN, Gambia dominated Guinea and Morocco.