We should know the criteria for selecting national team players’

Thursday, July 11, 2019

Red Scorpions women team head coach Chorro Mbenga has called on The Gambia Football Federation (GFF) organising committee to explain the criteria they put in place to select national team players.

Speaking to reporters at the Independence Stadium on Saturday, coach Mbenga said some players played only one or two matches in the national league but is featured in the starting eleven of the national team. ‘‘I want to know the criteria that GFF use to select players for the women’s national team,” she insisted.

Meanwhile, Gambia Football Federation (GFF) have reacted to Chorro’s comment. Below we reproduce it:

In the interview, which was broadcast on QTV News on Monday night and also relayed on Star FM Radio’s sports programme on Tuesday morning, Mrs. Mbenga suggested that The Gambia Football Federation and it’s Organising Committee are bias when it comes to selecting players for the national women’s teams, further implying that most of the players who are selected and sometimes even in the starting 11 are not deserving of their positions in the team.

However, the GFF wishes to clarify, in no uncertain terms, that the Federation and its Organising Committee have never selected players for any categories of our National Teams for both men and women.

The Executive Committee of the GFF have appointed coaches, supported by knowledgeable backroom staff in for all our various National Teams and they are the ones solely responsible for selecting players to represent the country.

We have never attempted to or influenced which players are selected, thus her allegations against the GFF and the Organizing Committee are baseless and unfounded.

Author: Lamin Gibba