Issued: Tuesday 26 March 2018
former Gambia National team head coach Raoul Savoy Friday told Gambian Sports
Journalists to stop lying that The Gambia Football Federation sacked him in
2015. “You [Sports Journalists] should stop lying. First of all, GFF never
sacked me, I quit because my wife was very sick,” Savoy reacted. Sports
Journalists, who were not happy with Savoy’s remarks, reacted bitterly,
branding him as “coach who has not achieved anything.
Coach Savoy, who is now coaching Central African Republic national team, was responding to one of the questions posed by a sports journalist during a post-match press conference on the sidelines of Gambia Scorpions’ 1-1 friendly draw with Central African Republic’s Wild Beasts on Friday. He was asked whether The Gambia Football Federation was wrong to have “sacked” him in 2015.
The Scorpions of The Gambia hosted the Central African Republic side in an international friendly at the Independence Stadium in Bakau.
Thousands including The Gambia’s First Lady Madam Fatou-Bah Barrow watched the game.
Assan Ceesay put The Gambia ahead in the second half before Central Africa found an equaliser minutes later. Savoy who was happy with a draw against his former side however blamed the referee and bad state of the football pitch at the Stadium.
Coach Matarr Mbodge told the press after the game that the game was very important to the country and applauded Gambians for coming in numbers to support the team. He is hoping that a better turnout will be seen when the Scorpions host Algeria in September.
Captain Pamodou Jagne alias Nda said it was an honour for him and teammates to be invited to play for their country. He is hopeful of a better side against Algeria next September in the African Cup of Nations Qualifiers.