BY: Ebrima Darboe
The achievement qualifies the country to participate in the upcoming U19 tournament in South Africa in August 2018.
The Gambia continues her steady rise in international cricket. The country has recently changed status from an affiliate to associate member of the international cricket body.
The president Mr. Johnny Gomez has also been appointed as the North-West Africa director replacing Mr. Beresford Coker of Sierra Leone.
He is in charge of Ghana, Gambia, Nigeria, Sierra Leone, Cameroon, Mali, Cape Verde and Morocco.
The country is now ranked at position ten out of twenty-two cricket nations on the continent. This development came following successful implementation of grass root programs by The Gambia Cricket Association.
Reacting to the development, the president of The Gambia Cricket Association Johnny Gomez expressed delight but was quick to emphasize the serious attention given to development programs by the association.
“I am happy that we are now at position ten out of twenty-two countries on the continent in youth programs. This came as a result of the importance we attached to our development programs. We have been sending log sheets and score sheets. Everything we doing they get a record of it. This is really a plus for us”.
Meanwhile coach Mbye Dumbuya has selected a thirty man squad ahead of the tournament in South Africa in August. The team will be trim down to fifteen after the final selection. He expressed optimism ahead of the competition and urged the players to live up to expectation.
“I am hopeful that The Gambia will not only be a participant, we hope to compete and make our nation proud. I therefore urge the players to rise to the bait in other for them to be part of the final selection.”