08 June 2017 09:18
Gambia coach, Sang John Ndong, has named Barcelona teenager Alasana Manneh in his 20-man squad to face Benin in a Group D Day One clash away in Cotonou.
The youngster was part of the Spanish giants’ squad that played in the UEFA Youth League last season following his elevation from the U-19s.
Swansea City’s Modou Barrow and China-based Bubacarr Trawally have also been named in the squad which also sees the return of Italy-based forward Ali Sowe after a four year absence.
The Scorpions kicked off a five-day training camp in Ghana last Monday to fine-tune for the Benin tie.
Ndong who is on his second stint as Scorpions boss following his appointment last year is without a competitive win.
Meanwhile, Gambia suffered a 2-1 loss to Ghana’s Team B in a friendly at the Accra Sports Stadium in Accra.
Goalkeepers: Modou Jobe (ASC Linguere, Senegal), Alagie Nyabally (Real de Banjul)
Defenders: Dawda Ngum (FC Rosengard, Sweden), Simon Richter (FC Roskilde, Denmark), Pa Modou Jagne (FC Sion, Switzerland), John Bass (Brikama United), Mamadou Danso (Kelantan FA, Malaysia), Bubacarr Sanneh (AC Horsens, Denmark), Omar Colley (KRC Genk, Belgium)
Midfielders: Sulayman Marreh (Granada CF, Spain), Gregory Sambou (Ports Authority), Tijan Jaiteh (Bnei Yehuda, Israel), Hamza Barry (Hadjuk Split, Croatia), Alasana Manneh (FC Barcelona, Spain), Modou Barrow (Swansea City, Wales), Mustapha Carayol (Nottingham Forest, England)
Forwards: Yusupha Njie (FUS Rabat, Morocco), Ali Sowe (Vibonese, Italy), Lamin Jallow (Trapani, Italy), Bubacarr Trawally (Yanbian Funde, China)
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