Head coach of Gambia Youth U-20 side, Omar K. Ceesay says it could have been a different story for Sierra Leone’s Shooting Stars if he had not missed two of starting midfielders due to injury.
“Our midfield was ok we have some injuries in our midfield and it could have been a different story, we left two players back due to injuries. They are key players and the two midfielders we used here are substitutes,” Coach Ceesay said.
Ahead of the second leg tie which will be in three weeks in Banjul, The Gambian coach who admitted that his plans worked well for them in Sierra Leone said they are going to work harder and maintain the away result.
He said: “Our plans worked well for us and I am glad it always works well for us. We went soft on them in the start of the game by holding the ball because we were scared of the weather, the plan was we will come out in the second half because the sun will be down which works well with us and I thanked God our plans worked for us.”
Saturday’s win has given the Gambians an advantage in the next round qualifiers and a goalless draw in the return leg in Banjul will see them advance to the second round to face Morocco. The 2017 African U-20 Youth Championship will be hosted by Zambia.