Desert Metals has commenced reverse circulation drilling at the Podio prospect within the Tengrela South project in Côte d'Ivoire.

The drilling program includes 13 reverse circulation holes totalling 1,650m, aiming to follow up on high-grade intercepts identified by Perseus Mining (ASX:PRU) in the southern area of the Podio gold mineralisation.

Desert Metals also completed soil sampling over 18km2 at the Tiogo prospect in the northern part of the permit area, with samples submitted to Intertek for gold analysis.