Mar 31, 2009, 7:59 AM
Our boys are presently 3-1 down to the Teranger Lions of Senegal, a more formidable side to contend with, considering the performance of both sides in their last encounter in Senegal two weeks ago.
However, our goal is to overturn that deficit to progress to the next stage, and in doing so our boys not only have to work extra hard to score two clinical goals.
They also have to ensure they put up a watertight defence to prevent their opponents from scoring any goal.
In doing so, they need the technical and tactical guidance of the coach and the technical staff of the team, as well as the overwhelming support of the nation.
Yes, our support and morale booster counts, because in football one of the advantages in home matches is the national crowd behind the home team.
Furthermore, the Gambia Football Federation (GFF) needs to ensure that the players are highly motivated to be in good form to deliver the goods.
The players, on their part, should have in mind that they need to play as a team and in one spirit to gain maximum control of the game.
Concentration is a must if we should be in a position to overturn the deficit, as going by the reasons advanced by the senior coach of the squad for the defeat the team sustained in Senegal, one of the flaws or blunders of our boys in the first leg in Senegal is lack of concentration.
This must not be repeated if we are to make it in this second leg.
In football, no matter how skillful a team is and the amount of ball possession they muster in the course of the game, little slips or blunders could cost them several cheap goals, which at the end of the day could add up to a huge loss or deficit for them.
The other concern most people are raising is that the senior coach of the team should be brave enough to not compromise his selection of players for this encounter, which is a must win for us.This is because anything other than win means we are out of the competition.
On the other hand, if we are able to eliminate Senegal at this stage, then we stand a chance to play one more country home and away.
In the event we are also able to eliminate that country, we can now be qualified to take part in the CHAN Championship proper, which is to be held in Rwanda in early 2016.
All the same, we wish our boys better luck!!!
“Inspiration is one thing and you can’t control it, but hard work is what keeps the ship moving. Good luck means, work hard. Keep up the good work.”