Afcon 2017: Carayol opts out of The Gambia squad

By Momodou BahBBC Sport, The Gambia
Mustapha Carayol
Carayol's sole appearance for The Gambia came in a friendly against Uganda

Mustapha Carayol has revealed he asked not to be in The Gambia's squad to face Cameroon in their Africa Cup of Nations qualifier on 6 September.

The 26-year-old told BBC Sport: "I told coach Raoul Savoy I need to concentrate on my transfer away from Middlesbrough.

"I have just joined Huddersfield on loan so need to concentrate on settling here first then we will see next time."

Modou Barrow, on loan at Blackburn Rovers from Premier League Swansea, will lead a new-look Scorpions side.

Savoy has handed a maiden call-up to Bubacarr Trawally following the young striker's impressive showing with his on-loan Chinese team Yanbian Changbaishan FC where he has scored 14-goals to help the team sit top of the Chinese second tier.

Also in the squad are Granada's Sulayman Marreh and young defender Bubacarr Sanneh of Danish side AC Horsens, and Kebba Ceesay of Lech Poznan returns.

However, HJK Helsinki's in-form striker Ousman Jallow is not included because of personal reasons.

The Gambia squad:

Goalkeepers: Modou Jobe (Niarry Tally, Senegal), Sam M. Jammeh (IFK Sunne, Sweden), Alagie Nyabally (Tusker FC, Kenya)

Defenders: Abdou Jammeh (RoPS, Finland), Bubacarr Sanneh (AC Horsens, Denmark), Kebba Ceesay (Lech Poznan, Poland), Omar Colley (Djurgarden IF, Sweden), Pa Modou Jagne (FC Sion, Switzerland), Ousman Koli (Mosta, Malta), Mamadou Futty Danso (Caroline RailHawks, USA), Kenny Mansally (Real Salts Lake, USA)

Midfielders: Sanna Nyassi (San Jose Earthquakes, USA), Sulayman Marreh (Granada, Spain), Dawda Ngum (FC Holviken, Sweden), Ebrima Sohna (Kuopion Palloseura, Finland), Modou Barrow (Blackburn Rovers, England), Sainey Nyassi ( FC Edmonton, USA), Omar Jagne (Dalkurd, Sweden), Matarr Nyan (Tusker FC, Kenya), Hamza Barry (Maccabi Netanya, Israel)

Forwards: Assan Ceesay (Casa Sports, Senegal) Bubacarr Trawally (Yanbian Changbaishan FC, China), Pa Amat Dibba (GIF Sundsvall, Sweden) Ebrahima Sawaneh (Wassland Beveren, Belgium)

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