Tijan’s team head to Bulgaria

Gambia midfielder Tijan Jaiteh and his Qatari side Al-Markhiya Sports Club are set to leave their comfort zone in Doha to travel to the Bulgarian capital of Sofia for a two-week pre-season training camp.

The Scorpions international, who joined Al-Markhiya from Israeli club Bnei Yehuda last month, is set to be a mainstay in midfield as his side continue their preparations for the 2017/18 Qatar Stars League (QSL) season, which kicks off in mid-September featuring 12 clubs after the Qatar Football Association’s decision to decrease the number from 14.

Winning debut for Saidy Janko

Scorpions-eligible Saidy Janko made his debut for Saint-Etienne who beat Champions League hopefuls Nice 1-0 on the opening day of the French Ligue 1 season.

The 21-year-old was given a place at right-back by coach Óscar García and he didn’t disappoint as he guided the team to victory.

Scorpions rise in FIFA ranking

The Gambia has gained three places up in the latest FIFA/Coca-Cola World ranking to lie at 158 in the world and 50 in Africa.

The rankings, released by world football governing body, FIFA, on Thursday morning, places the Scorpions just above Mauritius, São Tomé e Príncipe, Djibouti, Seychelles, Eritrea and Somalia on the African continent.

Hamza Barry to face Everton in UEFA Europa League

Scorpions midfielder Hamza Barry’s Croatian side Hajduk Split have been handed the tough UEFA Europa League qualifying task of meeting English Premier League club Everton to reach the group phase.

The Gambia international and his team will travel to Goodison Park for the first leg of the tie on August 17 before hosting a side featuring former England and Manchester United striker Wayne Rooney at their 35,000-capacity Stadion Poljud on August 24.