April 21, 2016 By Sahr Morris Jr.
The Gambia national U-20 team, Darling Scorpions, have moved to camp ahead of their 2017 African U-20 Youth championship qualifiers second leg tie against Sierra Leone, which is scheduled for 23 April at the Independence Stadium in Bakau at 4.30pm.
The Darling Scorpions are going into the second leg with a 2-0 advantage after thumping Shooting Stars in the first-leg in Makeni, Sierra Leone, a fortnight ago.
With few days to the return leg, the Darling Scorpions have encamped at the Seaview Hotel in Senegambia ahead of the crucial second-leg clash with the Shooting Stars.
The Omar Sise charges are embarking on intensive training sessions at the FIFA Goal Project in Old Yundum, ahead of the continent’s biggest cadet football showdown qualifiers with Shooting Stars for a place in the second round tie against North African powerhouse Morocco.
The Gambia made their debut in the African U-20 Youth Championship hosted in Congo, Brazza Ville, in 2007, after beating Mali 3-2 on aggregate in the qualifiers, and went on to win bronze medal following their resounding victory over Zambia in the third play-off.
They also qualified for the 2007 FIFA U-20 World Cup hosted in Canada, but were eliminated in the second round after losing to Austria 2-1.
The Gambia made their second appearance in the African U-20 Youth Championship hosted in South Africa after their stunning 2-0 aggregate win over Ivory Coast in the qualifiers, but were eliminated in the group stage after a woeful performance in the campaign.