May 10, 2013, 11:25 AM
President of the Gambia Football Federation Lamin Kabba Bajo has congratulated
the Young Scorpions for their spirited fight that ensued a poor officiating
resulting to their exit from the Africa U-20 Qualifiers to Guinea over the
The President earlier on sent a message of felicitation to the team but also consoled them for the hard fought defeat in the hands of Conakry Guinea. He however, lamented on the poor refereeing meted out to the Gambian team which according to him resulted to their exit from the qualifiers. Below is the full text of the President’s statement.
It was with great disappointment and dismay that I follow the commentary of the match played in Conakry which by all indications was marred with poor refereeing.
Despite the questionable decisions of the match officials, the boys continued to play with sustained vigor and determination to reach finals of the continents U20 flagship tournament in Zambia, but their hopes were dash due to mediocre and substandard refereeing.
Though the result at the final whistle saw the end of the road for the baby scorpions to Zambia, I am joined by my colleagues in the Federation, the government and all Gambians to salute the outstanding performance and resilience of the boys by fighting vigorously to the end and by assuring them of our continuous and unqualified support for now and the future.
Finally I thank the GRTS management for availing the football loving masses the rare opportunity of following the match in a live commentary on the radio. Their initiative is saluted and deeply appreciated. And for the general football family, I say thank you very much for the consistent support, well wishes and prayers. I share your disappointment and shock, but the future is promising.
I am eternally grateful to the players, their families, clubs and all those associated with the footballers for their love, trust, confidence and inspiration.
For the head coach and his technical team, you have done extremely well both on and off the pitch by putting up a good selection and producing respectable results before and throughout the Qualifiers. You have our fullest support now and the future. Source: gff.gm