the Scorpions recent slump in the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations qualifier, what is
next for Gambian football?
The Gambia slipped to Togo 1-0 in the continent’s biggest football fiesta qualifiers return leg in Banjul last Tuesday after their 1-1 draw in the first leg in Lome. The defeat dashed the Gambia’s hopes of making their debut appearance in the Africa Cup of Nations in Cameroon next year.
The Scorpions lacked composure and creativity in their game against Togo, who finished the game with ten men after their captain was sent-off for rough challenge on Gambian striker Assan Ceesay.
Scorpions’ last victory at home was in 2013 when they defeated Tanzania 2-0 in the qualifiers since then they have continued to fail in their subsequent attempts to end their five-year winless run.
The Gambia Football Federation (GFF) under Lamin Kabba Bajo needs to put proper mechanisms in place to improve the performance of the senior national team in major tournament qualifiers.
The country’s football governing body and Ministry of Youth and Sports also need to support and motivate players to perform well in the major tournaments qualifiers.
The coach must select a formidable squad that can contain opponents and try to win matches both home and away to qualify for major competition.