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The Italian coach has replaced Belgian Paul Put at the helm of the Scorpions ahead of the 2014 World Cup qualifying

Gambia Football Association (GFA) has appointed Italian Luciano Mancini as head coach of the national team, after the sacking of Belgian Paul Put in November.

The 56-year-old is not new to the outfit. He has been an assistant coach of the west African team after heading the Umbria regional team in Italy.

“This is a collective decision by the parties concerned. Mancini will now take over as head coach,” the GFA spokesman Omar Sey told journalists in Banjul.

Gambia are drawn in Group C, one of the strongest groups of the qualifying, which includes continental giants Cote d’Ivoire, Morocco and Tanzania.

The Scorpions will open their campaign against Morocco in Banjul on Saturday before travelling to Dar Es Salaam to face the Taifa Stars on June 10.