Real de Banjul will leap onto to their first CAF Champions League assignment tomorrow at the Banjul mini stadium.
They face Barrack Young Controllers who arrived yesterday having taken off from Rabat, Morocco where they wrapped up their preparations. Saturday’s fixture will be one of a two-legged tie as ordained by competition instructions.Gaffer Amat Cham’s side, Gambia’s sole representatives in this prestigious contest following Banjul United’s withdrawal from the Confederation Cup, will be under pressure to break a standing hoodoo that has long lurked around Gambian teams – to qualify to the lucrative group stage of the championship proper.
The GFF league champions will have to whip up the visitors to stand any chance of breaking such an unpopular record beginning first at home in the first-leg.
RDB’s weekend adversaries aren’t any minnows and boosts of eight of Liberia’s national team players in their current set-up.
A lot has been said in the build-up to this would-be intriguing duel with most of the talks centered on not tactics but on the disease ebola –the killer of thousands in West Africa.
Doubts have been initially cast on the possibility of the match taking place after widely circulated Liberian respected tabloid Africa Frontline scathing storyline claiming stigmatization towards BYC and that team has been blocked from entry to the Gambia due to fear of ebola potential spread.
Meanwhile, Real de Banjul has made a myriad of signings ahead of their Caf CL campaign drawing in mainly players from within the division.