Scorpions held ahead of Mauritania exhibition game


By Sulayman Bah Gambia home-based Scorpions were Tuesday evening tied to a drawGambia against GFF top flight outfit Armed Forces. Held at the Independence Stadium 7pm a break away from tradition4:30pm kick-off, the national team under Bonu Johnson and Matarr Mbogeflagship grinded out of a one-all stalemate against local  side Armed Forces. The test match ahead of this Friday face-off with the Mourabitounes of Mauritania offers the team tacticians a window of opportunity to put the final touches to their preparations. A provisional list of twenty-eight players has been drafted as the team kick-start camping yesterday at the Sea View Hotel. Bonu and Matarr will further trim the current number to be revealed at least hours prior to the Mauritania fixture. The Scorpions have been out of competition after failing to book a place in the U-23 and African Cup of Nations preliminary qualifiers due to suspension for age-cheating. The ban has long been rescinded and Friday’s showdown will be Gambia’s first international appearance after one year six months. The test game will aim not only to resurrect Gambia football but prepare the scorpions for the oncoming CHAN qualifiers. Mauritania are no minnows after beating the Scorpions in one of the two-legged friendly tie in Banjul in 2013. They ejected Gambia out of the 2008 CHAN based on away goal rule after settling for one-all affair in Banjul and a drab nil-nil score in Nouakchott in the return-leg.]]>