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Coach Paul Put Off for Mission in Europe

Aug 22, 2008, 7:26 AM | Article By: By Sainabou Kujabi

The senior national Team Coach Paul Put will meet with the team managers of Gambian starlets Omar Koroma, Mustapha Carayol, Edirisa Sonko and Cherno Samba who are all plying their trade in England as part of a five-day mission to Europe.

Coach Put, who left Banjul for Belgium yesterday, will be on a players scouting tour in the UK and will have the chance to meet Gambian International Mustapha Carayol's team Torquay who play against CrawleyTown on Saturday.

The same day he will meet two other players, Omar Koroma and Cherno Samba, in Heathrow. The coach's visit to the players is in line with his future plans to invite them to play for the senior national team by monitoring their performances with their various clubs.

Coach Put will also be meeting a company called Gert Laereman. The company specialises in the organization of training camps and friendly games inside Europe and will hold talks and make a proposal for a friendly match with a senior national team in either Belgium, France, Holland or the UK.

He said this is as a result of the lesson he learnt recently in his efforts to stage a friendly game for the Scorpions with Iran that never materialised. " It was very unfortunate that the test game could not take place before our Liberia game in Banjul," he pointed out.

The Scorpions boss, who will have a busy schedule for the five-day trip will also be meeting with Sportsvus, a Belgian company that deals with an analysing DVD system of football matches. According to him, he intends to be using the system for the matches of the senior national team and even for the U-20 and 17 categories. "I have an appointment with the company as I am working on the need to analyse the matches of the senior national team. I have already bought the licence from the company and have already made analysis of the Liberian team using the system and will show it to the players when they are in camp. This system is in use by some of the major clubs in Europe and is in line with the professionalism I wish to introduce into our training routines with the national teams."

While in Belgium, he will also be meeting with sport equipment dealers Jako for equipment sponsorship for the national teams.

He is expected back in Banjul on Thursday August 28th 2008 and two days later will head for camp with the team at the Seaview hotel, ahead of their crucial group 6 game against bottom placed Liberia in Banjul scheduled for September 6.

The group is headed by Senegal with 8 points, Algeria claimed the second spot with 6 followed by the Gambia with 5. Liberia are at the bottom of the group with 2 points following two draws against The Gambia and Senegal at home.