Africa: Afcon 2021 –

In what seems to be a huge setback, the warm-up games that the Gambia’s national team was scheduled to play against Algeria and Syria in the Qatari Capital Doha, has been called off.

According to the Gambia Football Federation (GFF), the warm-up games were cancelled due to the unavailability of the 16 players which represented 57% of the final 28-man squad of the national team.

“This is as a result of the fact that the Belgian is currently been deprived of the services of the following players due to several unforeseen circumstances: Lamin Jallow; Bubacarr Jobe; Baboucarr Gaye; Omar Colley; Ebrima Sohna; Saidy Janko; Sheikh Sibi; Noah Sonko Sundberg; Yusupha Njie; Steve Trawally; Ebou Adams; Ibou Touray; Modou Jobe; Ablie Jallow; Modou Barrow; and Yusupha Bobb,” the GFF statement indicated.

“Because we do not also have a goalkeeper, we are forced to call off our matches against Algeria and Syria. We have so many unpredictable situations and this is making it very difficult to prepare for AFCON, that we are not happy with, but no one is to be blamed,” Saintfiet told

“We are missing so many key players at the moment, some of whom are here in Doha already but are not available to train. Some of them are not even here. So it is a very complex situation. It is very sad because I was really looking forward to playing Algeria and Syria to prepare for the AFCON,” Saintfiet said.

The senior scorpions were supposed to face the Desert Warriors of Algeria last Saturday at the Qatari Sports Club in Doha and then square off with Syria this Wednesday. However, both matches have now been called off at the request of the Gambian team, the GFF said in their statement.