Scorpions’ captain clarifies absence

Gambia captain Omar Colley has revealed he withdraw from Saturday’s 2019 Africa Cup of Nations qualifier match against visiting Algeria due to family commitments.

Gambia Sports reported yesterday that the Sampdoria defender asked to be excused from appearing for the Scorpions’ match because of family reasons and he has now come out publicly to speak about it for the first time.

“I’ll like to clarify issues circulating these past weeks with regards to my failure to come and represent my country, The Gambia, in our AFCON qualifier match against Algeria. As you all know, being Captain of the Scorpions, I’m always motivated to come and play for my country and give my all,” he said in a released statement on Tuesday.

The 25-year-old said his wife delivered recently but with complications which has led to her admission to the hospital and currently under his and a doctor’s care.

He said: “But, unfortunately, I couldn’t this time around because of family reasons. My wife gave birth but had complications and is still currently under doctor’s care and of course, moments like this I should be with her.”

“I have spoken to the Coaching Staff about my reasons and they understand but I just felt it’s time for me to explain things for all to understand.”

Colley added: “Finally, I want to place on record my support and best wishes to the Coaching Staff, my Scorpions Teammates and the entire country in particular all the best of luck on Saturday and I pray we get the desired result as a nation.”