Two wins in two matches sees the Gambians ready to start preparing for the U-20 world showpiece in Canada this summer . A 2-0 result in their Group A opener with youth powerhouse Burkina Faso set them on their way, and was followed up by a slim 1-0 win over hosts Congo to ensure a place at the world finals in the Great White North with six points from two games in which they did not concede a single goal.
A significant achievement for the Gambians, Canada 2007 will be their first-ever trip to a FIFA U-20 World Cup. The current side is made up primarily of the same players who were crowned African Champions at U-17 level in 2005 and booked an historic place at the FIFA U-17 World Cup in Peru that same year.
Hosts Congo and Burkina Faso will play on Friday with the winner joining Gambia at the finals in Canada as Cote d'Ivoire are already eliminated with two losses in their two matches.
In African U-20 qualifying Group B, Nigeria and Egypt currently lead the standings with three points each from their first matches. Zambia and Cameroon both sit in the basement with zero points.
Egypt and Nigeria will meet tomorrow in the second round of the section with Zambia taking on Cameroon. The top two finishers from Group B will round out the four-team African field for Canada 2007.