The Gambia U-20 national football team expects a tough response from Sierra Leone on Saturday but their 2-0 first leg win over Shooting Stars has put them in a fairly good position to make it through to the next phase of 2017 African U-20 Youth championship.
The young Scorpions will host Shooting Stars in Banjul on Saturday, April 23 at the Independence multi-purpose stadium in Bakau, Gambia and the match referee is from Mauritania.
As part of their preparation for Sierra Leone, Coach Omar Sise who will be making his debut as the U-20 Coach in front of home fans guided his boys to a 4-1 victory over second-tier side league leaders Marimoo in a friendly match on Thursday at the Independence Stadium in Bakau.
Sierra Leone’s last visit in Gambia in this same competition, they were thrashed 4-1 in the 2011 qualifiers.
The Darling Scorpions proved too strong and were untroubled by the Sierra Leone side played in Makeni, a fortnight ago.
However, Shooting Stars coach Charlie wright who has named 18 players for the away trip is hoping his boys can overturn the deficit and progress to the next stage.
The winner between Shooting Stars and Darling Scorpions will face North African powerhouse Morocco in the second round of the qualifiers.
Zambia will host the 2017 African Youth Championship from February 26 to March 12.
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