Nov 26, 2014, 10:08 AM
Sheriff Sanneh, assistance coach of Milan FC, has expressed optimism that his team would make it out of their group despite only managing 2 points in two games.
Sanneh, who was speaking to reporters on Saturday at the Serrekunda East Mini Stadium following his side’s goalless draw with New Germany FC, added that “it is always difficult” for a team at Serrekunda East that is defending the Super Cup.
He however said the confidence, spirit and moral of his players are high.
He noted that he was a bit disappointed collecting a point against New Germany as his team should have grabbed the maximum points, but said luck was not on their side as they created a number of chances they could not convert.
He pointed out that they lacked composure upfront, which resulted in them not scoring a goal, saying they would work on their finishing techniques before their next encounter.
“We have excellent players upfront but it is always a problem when you do not score goals,” he went on, adding: “We are struggling but hope to make it to the round of 16 stage.”
Commenting on his opponents, Sanneh said: “I was amazed about New Germany; they are a team that possesses the ball a lot.” This, he noted, denied them doing the upper hand in the encounter.
Modou Lamin Beyai, New Germany coach, said his side came for victory but things didn’t work out well for them.
Scoring goals is not only his team’s problem but a general problem for Gambian strikers, he observed, saying they would go all out for the maximum points in their next game.
They hope to stage in the nawetan this season and start competing for trophies in the coming years after being relegated last year, he remarked.
Beyai also said that coming into the game he told his players that Milan are the Super Cup champions of Serrekunda East and for one to be champion “you have to beat them”.
He thanked fans of the team for their support and for always being there for the team.