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Let’s appreciate women U-17’s efforts: NAM Alhagie Sillah

Sep 28, 2012, 11:59 AM | Article By: Lamin B. Darboe

The National Assembly Member for Banjul North, Alhagie Sillah, has told deputies that Gambians should appreciate the efforts of the national U-17 women’s team because as he put it, they qualified and went to Azerbaijan to represent Africa all because of their good efforts.

“They did well to get their; so let’s appreciate that first,” NAM Sillah said on Wednesday during his contribution to the motion on the adjournment debate at the National Assembly in Banjul.

“These are small girls under the age of 17, first time experience. We should also know that women, with all due respect, do not have the mental toughness as men have, so if they are criticised destructively, their future career is ended,” NAM Sillah said.

“For those young girls,” he continues, “who wanted to come into football will not come in anymore.

“I think it is a learning process despite their two-match defeat. Yes, we have improved in terms of defending, that is the fact and let me say it here that we are no match to South Korea and America in terms of resources, education, infrastructure and manpower,”  he said.

He called on the football fraternity in the country to see what U-17 women have done correct and then we move forward and for his (Sillah’s) honest opinion felt that the team has done well.