INJURY RULES OUT SAINEY NYASSI
Thursday, May 24, 2012
Gambia and New England Revolution midfielder Sainey Nyassi looks set to miss out on three competitive games for the Scorpions as he continues to struggle with a nagging hamstring strain that has kept him out of action for the Major League Soccer club so far this season.
The former Sait Matty and Gambia Ports Authority midfielder has not played for his country since a 3-1 African Cup of Nations defeat to Burkina Faso in Ouagadougou last year having suffered a lengthy spell on the sidelines towards the end of the last United States Soccer season and his international wilderness looks set to continue for another couple of months as the Gambia prepares for three international outings next month.
First on the international calendar for Peter Bonu Johnson’s charges is a 2014 Brazil World Cup qualifier against the Atlas Lions of Morocco followed by another world cup qualifier way to Tanzania in Darussalam before the marathon games for the month of June concludes with an African Cup of Nations qualifier against Algeria.
But while Sainey is sidelined, his twin sibling Sanna Nyassi is available for selection for the Scorpions technicians who have so far refused to reveal the name of the invited players even exactly a week after the Atlas Lions revealed their squad for the June the 2nd date. The Gambia said they will reveal their team on Monday, just five days before the encounter.
And while the duo cannot be together for international duty next week, Sanna Nyassi is hoping that he will get the chance to start a game against his twin brother when the their two sides face off in the MLS. The Impact and New England will meet for the first of three regular-season games at Saputo Stadium July 18, a date Sanna looks forward to.
“It would be fun for us to start a game against each other,” he said. “It would be one we wouldn’t forget” Sanna Nyassi added in quotes reported on the Montreal Gazette.
are one of two sets of twins in MLS. San Diego natives Gabriel and Michael
Farfan, midfielders and also 23, are with Philadelphia.
Sanna and Sainey, who speak to one another almost daily, have only played against one another once in MLS and that was last July 23 when the Rapids and Revolution battled to a 2-2 draw. Sanna played all 90 minutes, while Sainey contributed 22 minutes off the bench.
Author: Baboucarr Camara