Jan 3, 2014, 10:13 AM
Kebba Touray, the head coach of Bakau United has said that the least they would get in this year’s Gambia Football Association FA Cup competition is a runner up finish and remained optimistic of a top crown.
“We have learned from our past mistakes and we would make sure we avoid the repeat of such mistakes, he said.
The FA Cup is different tournament from the league but we are very good when it comes to the FA Cup competition, said Touray, who was recently speaking to reporters following Bakau United’s 1-1 draw with Gamtel at the Serrekunda East Mini-Stadium.
He also said that he was disappointed with the 1-1 result against Gamtel FC, noting that, they wanted to collect the maximum three points to strengthen their positoon on the league table.
“We conceded a very bad goal which we could have done better to defend and walk away with victory.
Jaspha as he is fondly called described his team’s performance in this year’s league as fair.
He attributed the team’s poor run of disappointing form in the latter part of the league to a series of injuries his players sustained which have seen Bakau United lost their place at the top of the table to Brikama United having enjoyed a little time at the top at the start of the 12 club league campaign.
“Football is all about money and the players need to be motivated but the least we guarantee our fans in this year’s FA Cup competition is a runner up place because we are going for the trophy”, he concluded.
Mustapha Manneh, head coach of Gamtel in his own words said, Gamtel is preparing very well to see whether we can defend the title they won last year.
“This is why we are using all our players to prepare well for the FA Cup competition,” he said.
“We will prepare well because the FA Cup is a knock out competition and every game would be a final for us,” Manneh noted.
He was however aware of the difficulty fasting can bring to the team giving that the majority of the players in Gamtel would be fasting during the holy month of Ramadan.
This Manneh, believed would definitely affect the performances of the players.
“We were not consistent in the league because we are engaged in the WAFU cup competition”, says Gamtel’s hot coach who guided the telecommunication giants to the next round of the WAFU cup competition at the expense of Nyarry Tally of Senegal.