FIFA.com, Thursday, March 13, 2008 3:30 PM
New England Revolution pair Abdoulie Mansally and Sainey Nyassi lead "a golden generation" of Gambian soccer players who are coming of age abroad, says FIFA.com. Mansally and Nyassi were signed by
the Revs after impressing at last summer's U-20 World Cup in Canada, where the Baby Scorpions made it to the round of 16, losing out to the same Austrian team that beat the USA in the quarterfinals.
"We heard about them before the U-20s and we decided to fly up and have a closer look; we liked what we saw," Revolution manager Steve Nicol told FIFA.com. Nicol and his assistant,
Paul Mariner, watched the Gambian duo's finest game of the tournament, a 2-1 win against Portugal in Montreal that sealed Gambia's qualification for the second round. Nyassi, a central midfielder,
succeeded in subduing Portugal playmaker Bruno Gomes, while Mansally, a speedy striker, scored the match-winner from a fantastic free kick.
A few days after being eliminated by Austria,
Nyassi and Mansally headed to Boston, where they began training with the Revs. "They are both very strong players for their age," Nicol said. "We are hoping that they will be good additions to our
team. Ideally, we would like an immediate impact out of them, but there will be an adjustment period of course." Mansally in particular has impressed during the preseason, hitting a hat trick for
the Revs in a recent demolition of the Bermuda national team. The 19-year-old will be lining up alongside veteran Taylor Twellman at the start of the MLS season.
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