Tom Saintfiet: It would be very difficult after losing at home to Angola

Tuesday, September 10, 2019

Scorpions Coach Tom Saintfiet said it is going to be very difficult encounter today in Luanda after losing 1-0 at home to Angola during the first leg of the World Cup 2022 preliminary round played in Banjul on Friday.

Tom was speaking at the post-match press conference after the Scorpions were beaten at home by the Palancas Negras of Angola in Bakau’s Independence Stadium on Friday.

Wilson Pinto Gaspar scored the only goal for Angola after a fine header finished in the 31st minute of the first half to give Angola the full advantage ahead of today’s return leg match in Luanda.

Coach Tom Saintfiet further added that before the game, it was a 50/50 encounter for both teams but now Angola is little bit in advantage after winning away in Banjul. But Saintfiet quick to expressed hope that the Scorpions can still win the tie in Luanda. “In boxing round, you can win the first and second round but in the third round you can get knockout out. We have to go in Angola to win, we learnt some lessons and we know our quality,” he said.

According to him, they also hope to get some players fresh because there are some players he said, who have some small problems such as Simon Richter, Musa Barrow, Assan Ceesay and Ebrima Sohna.  “We know that we need to score goals to win in Angola and it would be difficult encounter as they are looking forwards to win in Angola,” he said.

While defending his tactics during the game, Tom said it was the same tactics he used when they drew against Algeria away, won against strong opponents like Morocco, adding that it is not because of his tactics with Bubacarr Sanneh playing as a defensive midfielder that they don’t win the match.

 “We won a game against strong opponent with this tactics, so as a coach if you have previous experienced like our last game against Morocco, we played the same tactics with Bubacarr Sanneh playing as defensive midfielder we won. So if I would’ve change that and we lost then people would’ve said why you change the formation,” he said      

Author: Arfang M.S. Camara