BY: Alieu Ceesay
Scorpions’ coach-turned-Technical Director of the Gambia Football Federation, Sang Ndong will continue to guide Gambia until his permanent replacement is appointed, Gambia Sports’ Alieu Ceesay has gathered.
Gambia’s senior national football team will make a home return with a FIFA friendly international match against Central African Republic (CAR) on Friday 23 March, at the Independence Stadium in Bakau, as part of preparations for the Cameroon 2019 Africa Cup of Nations qualifiers.
The Scorpions defeated Central African Republic 2-1 in an international friendly match played in March 2017 in Rabat, Morocco.
In an interview, Ebou Faye, GFF 2nd Vice President and Spokesperson said the friendly game against CAR will go ahead as planned.
“Sang Ndong will guide the team as caretaker coach until a coach is appointed. The GFF is discussing with the government to appoint a coach,” he told Gambia Sports in an interview on Thursday morning.
Coach Sang Ndong, as gathered by this medium, will be assisted by Coach Omar Sise, Coach Mattar M’Bogeand Coach Alhagie Sarr.
This test game is expected to help the Scorpions in their quest for an Africa Cup of Nations 2019 ticket in September 2018, when they host Algeria in their second group B fixture before playing against Togo and Benin.
Fans will eagerly await the welcome return of the Scorpions squad, with many now featuring and excelling for different clubs following a busy transfer period.
The Gambia was initially lined up to play Algeria in the 2019 African Cup of Nations preliminary match this month but the matches were shelved following request by the African teams featuring in the World Cup to have the FIFA breaks.