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Gambia’s National Team Head Coach Tom Sainfiet Sounds Upbeat After Afcon Draw
July 19, 2019 | 0 Comments

By Bakary Ceesay

Gambia national team Scorpions Coach Tom Sainfiet

Gambia national team Scorpions Coach Tom Sainfiet

Gambia national team Scorpions Coach Tom Sainfiet has reacted to the Afcon 2021 draw after his Scorpions side have been paired with Djibouti in the preliminary round conducted at the CAF Extra Ordinary General Assembly meeting held on Thursday July 18 in Cairo.

Speaking to Pan African Visions from his base in Europe, the ‘Saint’ expressed satisfaction with playing Djibouti in the preliminaries. “I am quite satisfied with playing our opponents but I respect them very well too”, he posited. Tom said he has been wishing to avoid Liberia and other big Nations hence their strength but “Djibouti is a quite small football nation and they are doing well and have good players in French lower leagues”

Quizzed about the Scorpions chances in 2021, Tom emphasized that the performance of the Scorpions against big Nations across Africa in the last 12 months is enough testimony that the Gambia is on the right track to make its debut appearance at the Afcon.

“We are very optimistic of making it through but we have to respect Djibouti because they have young players on development stages and one cannot rule them out”, Sainfiet noted.

He said preparation is needed hence Djibouti is a far away region and lot of travel will be needed. “But we can count on our  good planning, good organisation and the good players we have at our disposal, I think we can come out with win over Djibouti”, Sainfiet said.

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Kenya:Salah set to play his first match in Nairobi
July 19, 2019 | 0 Comments

By Samuel Ouma | @journalist_27

Salah

Salah

Egyptian superstar Mohamed Salah will lead his charges against Kenya in 2021 African Cup of Nations qualifier according to the draw done by Confederation of African Football on Thursday.

Following the draw, the North African giant was pitted against Kenya, Togo and Comoros Island. It is the first time Egypt will play a qualifier match against their East African opponent.

The qualifiers set to give the Pharaohs a chance to redeem themselves after woeful performance that saw them eliminated in this year’s AFCON. The hosts were bundled out of the tournament by South Africa in the round 16.

Salah fired blank few weeks after he had led Liverpool to their sixth Champions League victory against Tottenham in Madrid, Spain. Liverpool forward set the Merseyside club on their way to triumph with an early spotkick before Divock Origi sealed the win.

After the South Africa’s game, the star was overwhelmed with emotions following the outcome that dashed their hope of lifting the title in their home soil.

As a result Egypt’s head coach Javier Aguirre was shown the door. Egypt Football Association President Hany Abo Rida announced the firing of the Mexican coach few hours after the game.

Kenya on the other hand will fight tooth and nail to appear to the biennial tourney for the second time in a row for first time. Harambee Stars qualified to 2019 showpiece after 15 years of absence; however, they were knocked out in the group stage.

The East African giant was overcome by Algeria 2-0, Senegal 3-0 and won against their neighbors Tanzania. Togo and Comoros did not make it to the AFCON 32nd edition.

The 48 nations will participate in the qualifiers. The teams are divided into 12 groups with two top teams per group advancing to the tournament that will be held in Cameroon.

 

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AFCON 2021 Qualifier draw: Cameroon in group F alongside Cape Verde
July 18, 2019 | 0 Comments

By Boris Esono Nwenfor

Draw for AFCON 2021 in Cameroon

Draw for AFCON 2021 in Cameroon

The draw for the qualifier for the 2021 Africa Cup of Nations has been made known with the Indomitable Lions of Cameroon in group F. the draw was done on Thursday July 18, 2019 in Cairo, Egypt. Alongside Cameroon is Cape Verde, Rwanda and Mozambique.

Cameroon have already been guaranteed a place in the competition-qualifying due to being host of the competition while the two best teams in each groups will book their ticket to the competition.

The Indomitable lions of Cameroon are presently searching for a new Head Coach after patting company with Dutch duo Clarence Seedorf and Patrick Kluivert who had been in charge of the side for under a year. The coaches were dismissed after failing to reach the finals of the 2019 edition of the AFCON.

Ghana and South Africa who both had an underperformed competition have been scheduled to meet each other in Group C, while the super eagles of Nigeria, who finished third in AFCON 2019 is in Group L. The Pharaohs of Egypt are alongside Kenya in Group G.

The complete draw for the upcoming AFCON 2021 is as follows:

Group A: Mali, Guinea, Namibia and Liberia/Chad.

Group B: Burkina Faso, Uganda, Malawi, South Sudan or Seychelles.

Group C: Ghana, South Africa, Sudan, Mauritius or Sao Tome.

Group D: DR Congo, Gabon, Angola, Djibouti or Gambia.

Group E: Morocco, Mauritania, Central Africa Republic, Burundi.

Group F: Cameroon, Cape Verde, Mozambique, Rwanda.

Group G: Egypt, Kenya, Togo and Comoros.

Group H: Algeria, Zambia, Zimbabwe, Botswana.

Group I: Senegal, Congo, Guinea Bissau, Eswatini.

Group J: Tunisia, Libya, Tanzania, Equatorial Guinea.

Group K: Ivory Coast, Niger, Madagascar, Ethiopia.

Group L: Nigeria, Benin, Sierra Leone, Lesotho.

In the preliminary round, Liberia will face Chad, South Sudan against Seychelles.

Mauritania battle Sao Tome and Djibouti against Gambia.

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Gambia:GFF Organises One-Day Event to Expose Participants to Beach Soccer
July 16, 2019 | 0 Comments

By Bakary Ceesay

 The Gambia Football Federation (GFF) over the weekend organised a one-day beach soccer competition in an effort to expose participants to the game ahead of the introduction of a beach soccer league in the country.

The event was held at the Palma Rima Beach in Kololi and it was organised by Football House through the GFF Beach Soccer Committee, the body appointed by the Executive Committee with the mandate to advise the Federation’s leadership on matters pertaining to the game. The event also gave the players and coaches the opportunity to get themselves acquainted to some of the basic formalities of the game.

Mafugie Jatta, the Secretary of the Committee said: “This exhibition is organised by our Committee ahead of the tournament proper where we will bring in teams to participate.”

He added that the Committee is further tasked by the GFF Executive to organise beach soccer activities and activate the game.

He disclosed that eight clubs and two zones have already registered with the Beach Soccer Committee and in the coming weeks they will be visiting all the training grounds to help them understand more about the game and its rules and regulations.

He added that the priority for the Committee is to kick start the league and put facilities in place before thinking about setting up a national team for competitions.

“For now our main target is to play the league, so that we can have a story to tell CAF and FIFA as to gather more support from them. Our President Mr. Lamin Kaba Bajo is a member of the FIFA Beach Soccer Organising Committee so we are trying to put the necessary infrastructure in place and to popularise the game,” he concluded.

 

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Gambia: GFF to Train Regional Referees
July 16, 2019 | 0 Comments

By Bakary Ceesay

The Gambia Football Federation (GFF) in its drive to build the capacity of all the players of the domestic game, would this weekend organise a referees’ intermediate training course for our men in black in regional Gambia.

The four-day event, which will be held between the 17th and 21st July, 2019, in Jarra Soma of the Lower River Region (LRR), will bring together participants from the host region as well as the Central River Region (CRR). The training is done in collaboration with football’s world governing body, FIFA, as part of its Forward 2.0 Referees’ Development Program requirement.

Mr. Seedy Manneh, Referees Manager of the GFF, disclosed that the idea and motive of the capacity building is to enhance the effectiveness and competence level of the referees at grassroots and regional football levels.

“We intend to have 10 training programs across the country. We’ve already held the basic training for the Kanifing Municipality and Banjul but the intermediate will start with LRR, CRR then later we proceed to Upper River Region (URR) and North Bank Region (NBR) before finally coming back to finish up with Banjul and Kanifing”, he explained.

Mr. Manneh further stated that 25 participants are expected to attend the training at each region and this will include both male and female referees.

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Cameroon: Head coach Clarence Seedorf, Assistant Patrick Kluivert Sacked
July 16, 2019 | 0 Comments

By Boris Esono Nwenfor

The head coach of the indomitable lions of Cameroon Clarence Seedorf and his assistant Patrick Kluivert have been sacked by the country’s Football Federation, FECAFOOT. The decree dismissing the duo was signed this Tuesday July 16, 2019 by FECAFOOT boss, Prince Seidou Mbombo Njoya.

Their sacking comes on the heels of comments made by the Minister of Sports and Physical Education, Narcisse Mouelle Kombi questionning the decision of the coach’s decision in certain matches and the disunity that existed within the squad.

Clarence Seedorf and Patrick Kluivert have only been in charge of the indomitable lions of Cameroon for just under a year before their dismissal. The duo were appointed in August of 2018 to lead the side in defending their AFCON crown which the team won in 2017 and to guide the side into 2021.

Seedorf took a very talented Cameroon team to the 2019 AFCON in Egypt but failed to bring out the best in the Team and as defending Champions the team won just one of 4 games before been kicked out of the tournament in the 16th finals by eventual semi finalists Nigeria.

Seedorf’s Era as Coach of Cameroon though less than 12 months old have been plagued by controversies ranging from players critizing him publicly to illogical selection fringe players, disagreement with his colleagues and arrogance towards his environment amongst others.

Below is a detailed excerpt of what the Minister of Sports and Physical education said while speaking during CRTV program “Presidence Actu” of Monday 15 July which led to the sacking of Clarence Seedorf, as transcribed by pavels-sportsbiz.com

“The inability of the coach to put in place a competitive and coherent team….. In four matches we noticed that he presented four different teams. We noticed his difficulty to understand the group and instil order and discipline…..

“There is also the inadequate and less pertinent changes like in the match against Nigeria during which we easily conceded three goals also not conserving the advantage that we had acquired at a certain moment. There also was the case of less productivity at the offense and defense levels which made the lions not to score even a goal in two matches against Ghana and Benin.

“According to a report coming from our representatives who went to Egypt, there is said to have been a misunderstanding between Clarence Seedorf and his assistant Patrick Kluivert together with other national assistants who might have been proposing better ideas which were never considered.

“His failure to instil discipline and fighting spirit in the team did not tie with the contract he had signed on August 10 2018. In this situation, the Ministry of Sports and FECAFOOT, Co-signers of the said contract, have the question of maintaining Seedorf at the helm of our national team clearly posed.

It doesn’t seem to me that this question could find reasonably and objectively, with regard to everything that I’ve evoked, a response in terms of renewal of contract. His maintenance is therefore problematic” Minister Narcisse Moelle Kombi concluded on the matter.

The indomitable lions who started the AFCON in group F, got kicked out (3-2) by Nigeria in the round of 16. This was after they had finished second in their group with 5 points, following a win and two draws against Guinea Bissau, Ghana and Benin respectively.

Cameroon will now go out in search of a replacement for the pair and other vacant places in the technical bench that may be created in the days ahead.

According to Kick442.com, Seedorf leaves with a disappointing win rate of 33% in 12 games as Coach of Cameroon.

 

 

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Kenya:SportPesa leads betting companies suspended by government
July 12, 2019 | 0 Comments

By Samuel Ouma | @journalist_27

 

Kenyan government has suspended licenses of 27 betting companies over compliance to gambling laws.

Three months ago the Interior Cabinet Secretary Dr. Fred Matiang’i gave stern conditions that all companies were supposed to adhere to before getting new licenses latest by July 1.

They were to show that they operate within the law, pay tax, had performed well financially in the last four years and were financially stable.

Matiang’i also rued over adverse negative effects of gambling on youths. The betting vogue has turned into a source of pain for some families with some members taking away their lives after losing money in sports bet.

“We have about 500, 000 of our young people who have been blacklisted by these lending agencies who borrowed and are unable to pay. And they borrowed to bet. We are prepared to take any measures to ensure this situation is regulated,” he said.

The government has also ordered mobile money service providers, Safaricom, Airtel Kenya and Telkom to shut down the companies’ pay bill numbers and SMS codes.

Betting Control and Licensing Board acting director Liti Wambua wrote to the telcos on Wednesday, July 10 directing them to suspend their payment platforms.

“We wish to inform you that the licenses for the following betting firms were not renewed until they meet the outstanding renewal requirements as well as outcome of ongoing due diligence to determine if they are fit and proper to hold a license from this board. We request you to suspend their pay bills and short codes until otherwise advised,” read the letter.

The firms whose licenses have been revoked are SportPesa, Betin, Betpawa, Betway, PremiereBet, Elitebet, Lucky2u, 1xBet, Dafabet among others.

Betting firms had been slapped with a 10 per cent excise duty on every amount stake in the 2019/2020 national budget released by the Treasury. They also pay a tax of 15 per cent.

 

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Gambia: GFF to Honour More Legends-VP
July 10, 2019 | 0 Comments

By Bakary Ceesay

Bakary K. Jammeh

Bakary K. Jammeh

The First Vice President of The Gambia Football Federation (GFF), Mr. Bakary K. Jammeh has hailed the work and contributions of the late Alhaji Omar Sey and other legends that have contributed positively in shaping the development of the country, football in particular.

Speaking to  reporters  on the sidelines of the finals of a football competition organised by the Federation in honour of the late baron, Mr. Jammeh said the GFF has conceived the idea of organising the tournament to pay tribute to Gambian legends which will be contested by top teams on an annual basis.

“Legends never die. This is the beginning of the recognition of many legends and we have taken the decision to recognise everybody within our knowledge and power who has contributed to football in The Gambia,” Mr. Jammeh affirmed.

Born in Basse in the Upper River Region, of The Gambia  the late Sey grew up to become an iconic and a symbolic visionary leader the fruits of whose hard work The Gambia, Africa and the world continues to reap. He died in March 2018.  He has done it all, from the educational institutions as a lecturer at the then Teacher Training College in Yundum, the inaugural Director of the Department of Youth, Sports and Culture, The Gambia National Olympic Committee (GNOC), to becoming a football idol in CAF and FIFA and also an External Affairs Minister in the First Republic.

 Mr. Jammeh, whom the late Sey acted as his godfather, recollected the numerous contributions that the late Omar Sey did, noting that he was the architect of the current GFF. “He wrote the GFF Constitution with FIFA, thus helping in the achievement of the decentralisation of football in the country amongst others.”

 He further stated that the maiden edition of the late Alhaji Omar Sey tournament couldn’t have come at a better time. “I think it’s better late than never. This tournament is one of many that we look forward to do better and bigger.

  It was well organised and everyone showed solidarity,” Jammeh said, while thanking the organising committee through the Third Vice President Rtd. General Langtombong Tamba, the Sey family, fans and the media. He also ceased the opportunity to congratulate Real de Banjul for winning the trophy while commensurating with the beaten finalists Marimoo.

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Africa: Sports as a Business and a Brand
July 9, 2019 | 0 Comments

By Victor Oladokun*

Victor Oladokun

Victor Oladokun

Fans are choosing not to watch live football events, and instead are opting in increasing numbers for the ‘intimacy’ of their crystal clear digital flat TV screens, or not all

At the ongoing Africa Cup of Nations in Egypt, the visual imagery of  almost empty stadiums is a powerful narrative. But not the kind that African sports, African football, or corporate sponsors deserve.

The empty seat syndrome in suggests that football fans are voting with their feet, or better still with their backsides. Fans are choosing not to watch live football events, and instead are opting in increasing numbers  for the ‘intimacy’ of their crystal clear digital flat TV screens, or not all.

Before Egypt’s stunning 0-1 loss to South Africa in the round of 16, the host country was the only team able to attract 70,000 fans. Other than when Mo Salah and the Pharaohs have been on the field, most stadia across Egypt have at best attracted an average of 5,000 to 7,000 fans.

Official broadcast camera crews have done a creative job minimizing the visual gaps of empty seats. But wide camera angles reveal the obvious … a lack of attendance and public enthusiasm, in spite of the presence of some of the biggest names in world football on the field.

In European football leagues, where many of the stars in Egypt ply their trade, fans pay mega bucks to see the likes of John Mikel Obi, Ahmed Musa, Sadio Mane, Ryahd Mahrez, Nicolas Pépé, Wilfred, Zaha, and Kalidou Koulibaly.

Which is why the empty seats in Egypt are both stunning.

Admittedly, Egypt bailed CAF out and should receive well-deserved credit for coming to the rescue and hosting the African Cup of Nations, with barely 6 months notice, when the original hosts were sanctioned due to shoddy preparations.

Nevertheless, the lack of attendance in Egypt speaks volumes high ticket costs; the timing of matches bang in the middle of work days; the difficulties faced by national team supporters in obtaining entry visas to Egypt; and challenges with the Confederation of African Football’s complicated online ticket purchasing system.

It should not be so. This after all, is the most important event in Africa’s sports calendar. At least, it used to be before England’s Premier League, Spain’s La Liga, Italy’s Serie A, and Germany’s Bundesliga captured our collective imaginations.

The end result is that where once 30,000 to 70,000 fans a week watched highly competitive domestic football leagues across Africa, the empty seat syndrome has been  the norm for almost two decades. It is not unusual to have less than a thousand fans in a stadium that seats 30,000.

The lack of fan attendance has obvious economic and financial implications across the sports value chain for team owners, sports federations and confederations, players, sponsors, advertising and marketing agencies, merchandisers, vendors, and local communities who once counted on fan attendance to boost fledgling economies.

What’s responsible for the increasing slide in fan attendance?

1. Poor facilities

2. High ticket costs

3. A lack of reliable transportation to and from venues. As well as sufficient and secure parking.

4. Increasingly crude behavior and violence at event locations.

5. Technology. Mobile phones and Apps that carry events live as well as a plethora of entertainment alternatives. In other words, once big events are no longer the main gigs in town.

So, what can be done to reverse the trend? Here are 5 quick suggestions.

1. It can no longer be business as usual. Africa must run sports as a professional business. This includes the right infrastructure, training facilities, attractive pay scales for professional athletes who now consider anything less than a European league appearance, a professional failure.

Regrettably, as with Africa’s overall propensity to simply export raw materials instead of adding value to what we produce, we are doing the same with football and many other sports. Africa has a tremendous abundance of potential talent that for the most part (with the exception of South Africa, Kenya and Ethiopia) we add little or no value to. Instead, millions of genetically blessed athletes are simply waiting or begging to be ‘found’ on the cheap by European and American sports teams. Why? Simply because we fail to see diamonds in the rough and because we are unable to add value to the potential of what for now seems to be rough stones.

2. Modern and professionally maintained facilities: In sizzling hot Africa, we must invest in covered stadia. When I can sit in front of my big screen TV in my air conditioned living room, why would I want to subject myself to temperatures that I swear have gone up a number of notches in recent years?

3. Sport is a spectacle. This includes everything including pre-event and half time entertainment to keep fans with short attention spans upbeat and engaged.

4. Give back to the fans: Essentially, engagement in the 21st century must change. Its time to give something back to fans rather than fleecing them at every opportunity with sub-standard services and products. It would seem to me that sports teams could offer something as simple as raffle draws that reward fans with extra game tickets, signed player jerseys, visits with select players, or products from local sponsors. Professional marketing firms can come up with an endless list.

5. Make sports big and make it a win-win proposition. 

Real Madrid F.C. and Barcelona F.C. for example, are not owned by a few rich individuals. Instead, they are owned and supported by thousands of shareholders known as ‘socios.’ Across Africa, it’s time to change the numbers game – in ownership, money, and attendance – by giving fans a seat at the table.

These are just a few quick ideas. However, the running of sports in general and football in particular as a business and a brand proposition, will require honest analysis, political and financial will, and a collective approach.

It must be if Africa is to unlock potential and turn millions into billions.

*Dr. Victor Oladokun, is the Director of Communication and External Relations at the African Development Bank www.AfDB.org

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AFCON 2019:Host Egypt, Defending champions Cameroon knocked out
July 8, 2019 | 0 Comments

By Boris Esono Nwenfor

Mohamed Salah could not get his Egyptian over the line against South Africa-Sumaya Hisham-Reuters

Mohamed Salah could not get his Egyptian over the line against South Africa-Sumaya Hisham-Reuters

The 2019 edition of the Africa cup of nations continues to throw surprises as defending champions and host are all knocked out of the competition on the same day.

The indomitable Lions of Cameroon and the Pharaohs of Egypt all suffered defeats in the round of 16. The Lions lost to bitter rivals Nigeria by 3 goals to 2 in the first match in Alexandria.

China based Odoin Ighalo gave the super eagles the lead in the 19th minute of play but Cameroon hit back with two goals in quick succession. Forward Stephane Bahoken and Clinton Njie all scored before the close of the first half of play.

The second half of play began as the first with both teams looking to score more goals. It was Nigeria who however equalized as Ighalo got his brace for the game making at the 63rd minute to make it 2 all. There was however a suspicion of offside but the referee let it stand. Arsenal player Alex Iwobi then snatched the winner just three minute late to send his side into the quarter finals.

Speaking in a press conference shortly after their defeat, Cameroon’s Head Coach Clarence Seedorf seems to downplay the lost. He said “I feel very sorry. We played well but this is football. I don’t think about my future now and all I want is to evolve this team for the future.

Cameroon’s elimination from the competition may have consequences for the coach and his assistant. The tasked given to Clarence Seedorf when he took over from Hugo Broos was that of defending the title they won in 2017. With their early exit from the competition it is still unclear if the management of football will stick with him heading into 2021 when Cameroon will host the competition-giving the fact that Cameroon is known for hiring and dismissing coaches who don’t meet expectations.

There have even been calls from some football fans and analyst in the country for him to reply. One wrote “If Seedorf is not fired; he should be wise enough to pick home based players and cultivate them for these two years before AFCON 2021 and forget about these so-called professionals”.

Another stated “My opinion is that Seedorf will be fired. It’s not that he did a bad job in Egypt but Cameroon has exceptional skills in sacking coaches especially after competition like this” while another cautioned “this will be the biggest mistake Cameroon will do should we fire Seedorf”.

The day then ended with the host knocked out of the competition by the Bafana Bafana of South Africa. A Thembinkosi Lorch strike at the 85th minute of play was all it took for South Africa to qualify for the quarter finals.

Twitting after the match, JohnBennettBBC said “none of the players stopped in the interview area outside the stadium. Mohamed Salah looked very emotional. He didn’t appear fully fit tonight after being ill this week.”

Egypt’s lost has had wide spread ramification with the coach and President of the Egyptian FA all being liberated. Egyptian President Abou Reidah Hany resigned while the coach Javier Aguirre was dismissed.

Hany while announcing his resignation called on his fellow board members to resign. His resignation stated: “Hani Abu Reidah announced his resignation from the presidency of the Egyptian Football Federation and also invited the members of the Board of Directors of the Union to resign, following the departure of the first national team from the round of 16 of the Africa cup of Nations organized in Egypt”.

The Egyptian side had been seen as one of the favorites to win the competition coupled with the fact that they are hosting the competition. The last time they hosted the competition was backed in 2006 and in that year finished as winners. This year however proved different with star man Mohamed Salah failing to get his team over the line against South Africa.

The defeat is almost something as a revenge for the South Africa. The team lost to Egypt in their bid to replace Cameroon as host for the 2019 edition, which Egypt won with a landslide victory. South Africa received just one in their pursuit to host the sporting jamboree.

Nigeria will thus face South Africa in the quarter finals as both side look to reach the finals in the competition.

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Cameroonian appointed head coach of South Sudan Football team
July 3, 2019 | 0 Comments

From Amos Fofung

Ashu Cyprian Besong (Getty image)

Ashu Cyprian Besong (Getty image)

Cameroonian-born football trainer, Ashu Cyprian Besong was on Monday appointed by the South Sudan Football Association, SSFA as head coach of the country’s national football team.

Initially, Ashu Cyprian Besong, was Cameroon’s U-20 head coach. Taking up his new job, he will replace caretaker coach Ramzi Sebit.

“Ashu Cyprian Besong of Cameroon will be appointed as the coach for South Sudan national team coach. He is confirmed to arrive Juba, tomorrow (Tuesday) to take up his new assignment,” the SSFA said on its official Facebook page.

The coaching position has been vacant since September 2018, following the resignation of Algeria’s Ahcene Ait-Abdelmalek just seven months after his appointment.

Besong becomes South Sudan’s fifth foreign coach following the departure of Ait-Abdelmalek, South Korea’s Lee Sung-Jea, Serbian Zoran Dordevic and Uganda’s Leo Adraa.

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Gambia, Bissau Plays 2nd Draw in International Friendly
June 28, 2019 | 0 Comments

By Bakary Ceesay

Women Scorpions

Women Scorpions

Gambia National Women’s Scorpions came from behind to force another 1-1 draw at home to visiting Guinea Bissau Women National Team at the Independence Stadium on Tuesday night following a similar scoreline stalemate in the first encounter 48 hours earlier.

Gambia started up brightly creating numerous chances through Adama Tamba, Penda Bah and Isatou Jallow but were all denied by either poor finishing or the brilliant Fatubinto Mandjan at goal for Bissau.

The visitors punished the wasteful Scorpions with Adama Mane scoring from a close range following a scramble in the Gambian area to send the Bissau bench into wild celebrations as their side took the lead in the 19th minute. The goal seems to have woken up the Queen Scorpions from their early slumber as they responded within 4 minutes with goal poacher Adama Tamba beating Fatubinto Mandjan from 11 yards for the equaliser after she was brought down in the area.

The Gambian team dominated the second half with Captain Penda Bah playing more as an attacker and thus creating chances but the diminutive Fatubinto Mandjan was determined not to be beaten again as her side sets for not a loose and settles for the 1-1 draw.

Speaking to the press after the game, Gambian Coach Mariama Sowe said, she is not satisfied with the results. She however, noted that the performances were good. “I said at the end of the last game that the performance will be different tonight and that is exactly what happened with the girls performing to expectation. The only thing I am not happy with is the result as we created nine chances in the game but the girls were in a hurry to score and only one chance was taken but I take it in good faith,” she said.

Coach Boom urged The Gambia Football Federation (GFF) to maintain the team and organise more test matches to prepare them for future engagements. She further thanked the Federation for the continues development of Women’s Football in the Gambia.

 

 

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