The Darling Scorpions of Gambia are looking to complete the double over their Sierra Leonean opponent, Shooting Stars on Saturday April 23rd in the return leg tie of the 2017 African U-20 Youth championship qualifiers at the Independence Stadium in Bakau.
Despite the two goals advantage going in for today’s clash, the Darling Scorpions boss, Omar Sise told local journalists that they are still hungry for another win to confirm their progress into the next round of the tournament.
“I have never gone into a football match, either as a coach or player, with another intention different from winning and that is not going to start now,” Sise said after his side’s 1-0 friendly win over Steve Biko at the Independence Stadium in Bakau.
“We are progressing very well and confident but we cannot be complacent so we are treating this game with the same level of seriousness as the one in Makeni and besides we want to win in front of our own fans. So we will keep working hard; the most important thing that matters is the three points and not the amount of goals we score.”
While coach Sise is planning for the double, Shooting Stars boss, Charlie Wright who has a daunting task still believes his boys can do the unimaginable in the Gambia.
“We are going there with one mind, one spirit and one goal which are to turn the result around and secure qualification to the next round,” Wright said before the team’s departure from Freetown. “This is football and I believe anything can happen. If they can do it in Makeni we can also do the same in The Gambia.”
Sierra Leone’s last outing in Banjul in this category ended up 4-1 in favour of the Gambians during the 2011 qualifiers.
The match will be played on Saturday 23rd April at the Independence Stadium with kick off set for 4:30pm.
In other matches, Botswana will also look to complete the double against Zimbabwe in Lobatse while Namibia and Swaziland will battle it out in Windhoek and Mauritius will take on Mozambique in Curepipe.
North African duo, Algeria and Tunisia will face tricky away ties against Mauritania and Niger in Nouakchott and Niamey respectively and Somalia will Ethiopia in Djibouti.