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I have no problem with giving chance to other goalkeepers - Pa Dembo

Jan 3, 2011, 3:52 PM | Article By: Lamin Drammeh

Gambian international goalkeeper Pa Dembo Touray has told Pointsport that he has no problem with giving chance to other goalkeepers if there is suitable replacement.

Touray, who plays his professional football with the Swedish top tier club Djurgardens, remains the most senior capped player in the current Scorpions setup after 15 years of involvement in football.

He was recently criticised heavily by a good number of fans in the country for his “strings of dismal qualifying campaign performances” in the Africa Nations Cup qualifiers including the Scorpions’ humiliating 3-1 defeat by Burkina Faso in Ouagadougou last October.

The former Real De Banjul tall man, whose 15-year spell with the Gambia senior national team is coming to an end without any success, is becoming increasingly frustrated by criticisms from some football pundits, who are calling on him to retire so that he could give chance to young goalkeepers in the country.

“Let them criticize; that will only help me get better,” said

Pa Dembo, who spoke to our reporter on Friday during Scorpions’ 2-0 win over Serrekunda East in a friendly game played at East Park in Tallinding.

“I have no problem with giving chance to the young goalkeepers because I know there are some good goalkeepers like Musa Camara and Christopher Allen, who are doing great at the moment but there is no better goalkeeper in the Gambia than me.”

The Scorpions captain, who is currently nursing an injury, added: “There are some people who are there just to criticize, so let them do it - that will only help me get better and better".

He also said when reacting to questions concerning his teammates: “I cannot react to criticisms made against my teammates but as far as I am concerned I will accept all sort of criticisms and that will only help me to get better.”

The 31-year-old goalkeeper reiterated: “I will not hesitate to retire from the national team if the right replacement is available, but at the moment I am the best and the highest profiled goalkeeper throughout the country and that has given me the advantage to carry on.”