Coach Raoul Savoy Returns to Gambia

Wednesday, March 14, 2018

Swidish coach Raoul Savoy will make his return to The Gambia, a country he once called home.

He will be visiting the country when his Central African Republic side faces the Scorpions on the 23rd March at the Independence Stadium in Bakau.

The two sides will meet in an international friendly meant to prepare both sides for the AFCON qualifiers.

On 15 May, 2015, Raoul was appointed manager of The Gambia Senior National Team but quit in December the same year amidst poor performance with the Scorpions.

He was replaced by Coach Sang Ndong, who will continue to guide the team despite his recent appointment as the Technical Director of The Gambia Football Federation (GFF) who says they are working with Government to find a replacement.

After his nearly 8 months work with the Scorpions in 2015, the country’s football governing body announced it had parted ways with coach Raoul Savoy following a string of poor results.

The decision came as a surprise after the GFF had earlier backed the Swiss coach following the Scorpions’ elimination in the preliminary round of Russia 2018 World Cup qualifying in October by Namibia.

Savoy’s dismissal was announced at a hastily arranged news conference at the Football House in Kanifing.

“We have a mutual agreement with the stakeholders to terminate the services of Raoul,” GFF 2nd Vice President and Spokesperson Ebou Faye said in 2015.

He said the coach himself has been contacted about that development and “hence we want to move on. It is important that we take a different approach,” Faye told journalists.

Savoy was appointed in May 2015 as Coach Peter Bonu Johnson’s successor but failed to win any of his five matches in charge. He lost his last match with The Gambia 2-1 away loss to Namibia following a frustrating 1-1 draw at home in the preliminary rounds of Russia 2018 World Cup qualifying.

Author: Alieu Ceesay
Source: Picture: Swidish coach Raoul Savoy