Dec 8, 2009, 3:45 PM
The Former U-20 Head Coach who doubles as the trainer to the first-ever national female team, Lamin Sarr recently returned home from Egypt where he underwent a two-week FIFA C-license coaching course.
The high-profile continental coaching course which brought together a total of 40 different countries was facilitated by the world football governing body FIFA, aimed at availing different national coaches the opportunity to better equip themselves before 2011.
Lamin Sarr who attended a series of high-profile coaching courses in different parts of the world told this reporter that the course is in line with the rules and regulations of FIFA, to ensure that all the national team coaches are able to meet certain criteria before they could be allowed to take charge of any national team before 2011.
He expressed readiness to share his experiences with those who were not fortunate to be part of the course.
The 48-year-old who has accumulated a wealth of experience with various national teams, ranging from U-17, U20, among others, began his coaching career with FIFA Olympics Basic Course in 1994, said FIFA have instructed all the countries to professionalise their various leagues before 2011. This, he said is part of the country's effort to improve on its standard before 2011.
Lamin attended Intermediate FIFA Olympic Course in 1997, and went ahead to do his advance coaching course here in The Gambia at the end of which he was awarded the most outstanding Coach throughout the country in 1997, before going further to attend Impact Assessment Coaching Course, organised by FIFA in 1997 in Banjul, at the Independence Stadium in Bakau, among a series of coaching programmes.
According to the former football player, he completed his first overseas course with his first diploma coaching course in Egypt in 2006, after he was selected to represent The Gambia in a high level coaching course and became the most outstanding coach at the end of that course for the second time in his overseas coaching career.
One of the FIFA's instructors later went to Libya to do his second diploma coaching course in Egypt, alongside his compatriot Lamin Sambou, the assistant coach of The Gambia's U-17 team.