Gambia optimistic to sign coach before September

Friday, July 06, 2018

The Gambia Football Federation (GFF) is currently winding up round the clock and are positive of acquiring a new technician for the Senior National Team prior to their 2019 Africa Cup of Nations qualifiers at home to Algeria in September.

 This came to the fore after former head coach Sang Ndong ended his contract with the Scorpions but been elevated as technical director for the GFF and since then has been concerned for the search of a new Scorpions gaffer.

The Gambia will resume its 2019 Africa Cup of Nations Qualifiers at home to the Desert Foxes in September and thus a head coach is essential for the senior national team.

Gambia hosted the Central African Republic in an international friendly in March at the Independence Stadium in Bakau, where the Scorpions drew 1-1with the Wild Beast.

It was the second time in a year that the two national sides have faced off in an international friendly. Gambia beat Central Africa Republic 2-1 in Rabat in 2017 at a training camp where the Scorpions engaged to hone their skills under then Coach Sang Ndong.

Assistant Coaches Omar Ceesay and Matarr Mboge,designated to their various junior teams have been engaged over the period. Matarr is in charge of the U-20 and won the WAFU Championship for the Gambia hosted in Liberia in April before being edged out by Benin in the 2019 Africa  Youth U-20 Qualifiers.

National U-23/Olympic coach Omar Ceesay also engaged his charges in an international friendly match at home to Morocco in May where they drew goalless with the Atlas Lions in the first match and eventually won one nil in the second outing courtesy of Atalanta prolific striker Musa Barrow.

Source: Picture: Gambia Senior National Team officials