May 26, 2014, 11:01 AM
The Gambia home-based national team coach, Peter Bonu Johnson, has attributed his side’s 3-1 defeat to Senegal in the 2016 Rwanda CHAN qualifier in Senegal to lack of concentration from his players.
He made this comment during a post-match press conference shortly after The Gambia-Senegal encounter over the weekend in Dakar, Senegal.
Coach Bonu said his players thought the game was over when they conceded the third goal of the game.
“We conceded three goals due to lack of concentration. We lost concentration in the last minute and we paid the price for it,” he said. “If you look at the last two goals we conceded, it was all lack of concentration, but we will work on it.”
Bonu said his players thought the game ended when they conceded the third goal.
“This was unfortunate because in football once the final whistle is not blown, the game is not over,” he said.
He pointed out that his side still stands a chance of surviving, saying they respect Senegal but do not fear them.
For Bonu, the Senegalese team has not done anything his team cannot do on the Gambian soil in the return leg.
Bonu noted that his team created several chances but could not convert them.