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Bonu Johnson signs national team coaching contract ready for task ahead of Gambia’s qualifiers

Feb 16, 2012, 2:24 PM | Article By: Lamin Darboe

Peter Bonu Johnson, the newly appointed head coach of the Gambia Senior National team the Scorpions, yesterday signed a one-year contract with the Ministry of Youth and Sports at a colourful ceremony held at the Independence Stadium Conference Hall.

Bonu will guide the Scorpions to the 2013 Nations Cup and 2014 World Cup qualifiers, as he stands ready to reach the heights of qualifying the country to the biggest football shows of the African continent and the world.

During the signing ceremony, Bonu did call on all Gambians to pray for the team in their endeavour to qualify for the 2013 Nations Cup.

He has revealed his intention of making sure the teams qualify for the Nations Cup.

Speaking at the signing ceremony, deputy permanent secretary at the Ministry of Youth and Sports, Kumba Conateh, challenged Gambians, companies and the general public to support Bonu in his drive to take The Gambia to the 2013 Nations Cup.

The president of the Gambia Football Association (GFA), Seedy M.B. Kinteh, in his remarks at the signing ceremony, said Bonu was assistant to coach Osam Dudu in 2005.

He guided the Gambia U-20 team to African U-20 youth championship in Congo Brazzaville, where the team won bronze medal, and also qualified the team to the FIFA U-20 World Cup, where they were eliminated in the second round by Austria.

Kinteh stated that Bonu has big challenges ahead of the crucial Nations Cup and World Cup qualifiers.

The GFA president has therefore tasked the new coach to, by all means, qualify the team for their first-ever continent biggest football showpiece.

Kinteh seized the opportunity to call on Gambians to rally behind Bonu in his quest to take The Gambia to her first-ever Nations Cup.

The signing ceremony was chaired by the executive secretary of the National Sports Council (NSC), Mamudou Max Jallow, who applauded the president for his tireless contribution towards the development of sport in the country.