Coach Tom Saintfiet stated that he will never beg any Gambian player to come
and represent its country, saying that players should be very happy to play or
represent their country.
The Belgian Coach was speaking yesterday during the unveiling of the squad, as to whether he has try meeting with some of the Gambian players (Modou Barrow, Bubacarr Steve Trawally, Hamza Barrow and recently Sulayman Marreh) who always turn down his invited and also trying to figure out where the problem lies for not answering his calls
He noted that, he doesn’t see any reason to meet with players who never answered his calls, adding that if Modou Barrow, Bubacarr Steve Trawally and Hamza Barry wants to talk with him they can call him but added that he will never beg any player to play for his country.
“I never see any reason to meet with players who never answered my calls, if Modou Barrow, Steve Trawally and Hamza Barrow wants to talk to me they can call me but am not begging anyone to play for his country,” he said.
According to him, he invited Reading FC on-loaned winger to Denizlispor (Turkey) Modou Barrow and the Al-Shabab winger Bubacarr Trawally in August last year, but they weren’t willy to come, while Hamza Barry who plays for Hajduk Split in Croatia, told him that he wants to focus on his club.
“I invited Hamza Barry, Modou Barrow and Steve Trawally for the June games in Morocco against Guinea and Morocco, all the trio refused the call-up. So, if players are refusing call-up of their country, I imagine that they are not interested because I tried inviting them twice and I feel that the third time will not be needed knowing that we have a lot of good players,”
He noted that he wanted to see them otherwise he will not have invited them for Algeria and Morocco encounters.