New England Revolution teammates Kenny Mansally and Sainey Nyassi have been called up to the Gambia National Team for a friendly match against Gabon on Wednesday, Feb. 11. The pair will join the national team in Paris, France, where the match between the two African countries will take place.
Mansally, 20, has made three appearances for Gambia's senior national team since being called up for the first time in June 2008. All three of Mansally's previous appearances were in 2010 FIFA World Cup Qualifiers, although Gambia - nicknamed the Scorpions - failed to advance to the final round of qualifying. In his most recent appearance for the senior team, Mansally earned his first international assist, setting up the game-tying goal in the 87th minute of a 1-1 draw with Senegal on Oct. 11.
Mansally, who has been used as a forward with the Revs but also plays as a midfielder with the national team, scored three goals and added one assist in 17 regular-season appearances with the Revolution in 2008, his first full season with the club.
Nyassi, a 20-year-old midfielder, earned his first call-up to Gambia's senior national team for the country's World Cup Qualifier against Senegal last October, but did not play. In 25 regular-season appearances with the Revolution last season, Nyassi recorded two goals and one assist.
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