Apr 14, 2008, 5:13 AM
Alhaji Amat Cham, the newly appointed Head Coach of the last year's FA cup winners Young Africans whose new team enjoyed a deserved 1-nil win over Senegalese FA cup winners Jaraaf in a friendly match, at the Independence Stadium over the weekend, said he was extremely delighted to make a move to Young Africans after several years in charge of Kaira Silo in the country's second tier football.
Amat whose significant contribution with Kaira Silo side during his spell with the team, coupled with his experiences as a coach has earned him the admiration of many Gambians, due to his technical approach towards the game, as well as his wonderful relationship with the players.
The young and ambitious Coach, who returned home after undergoing a six-month physical education coaching course in Germany, is confident that he can achieve great results with the Young Africans team, considering the commitment of the players, as well as the level of their confidence.
"I am absolutely delighted to switch to Young Africans following the relegation of Kaira Silo because I went to Germany for a study and it is important to make the best use of what I studied," Amat told this reporter at the Independence Stadium. This is shortly after guiding the team to a hard fought 1-nil win over Jaraaf of Senegal last Friday.
"I feel welcomed by the management of Young Africans and I was welcomed with open arms," he stated.
When asked what might have prompted him to move to Young Africans, Cham responded by saying he was away on studies and upon his return he found out that Kaira Silo was not good enough to maintain a place in the Second Division and eventually had to be demoted. But he said he was eventually offered an opportunity to move to Young Africans.
He revealed that his main objective is to help the players secure a place in the various national teams, but did not ruled out the possibility to guide them to the country?s top flight football next season.