May 22, 2012, 1:54 PM
Pa Modou Mbowe, a native of Bakoteh Housing Estate last week Tuesday returned home from Birmingham in the United Kingdom after successfully completing Level 3 certificate on football coaching conducted by the British Football Association.
The 41-year-old who was born in Royal Victoria Teaching Hospital began the course with the level one which was completed in 2003, in Birmingham.
The ambitious high level certificate holder who expressed his desire to take the coaching role at the U-17 level was awarded the Level 2 certificate in Birmingham with sports psychology in 2004.
It took him six years to complete his level 3 certificate in Birmingham and he is currently holding the highest coaching certificate after being awarded the Level 3 coaching certificate in Birmingham, three weeks ago.
"I am more than delighted to complete this high level football coaching course which was conducted by the biggest sporting body in England, the FA, and I can assure the entire Gambian football fraternity that if I am given the responsibility to take charge of the Gambia National U-17 team, I will not only help the team qualify to the World Cup title but I will guide the country to its first-ever title, considering my qualification," the elated and confident Coach told this reporter at his residence in Bakoteh Housing Estate yesterday afternoon.
According to him, he met Alhaji Gabbi Sosseh when he was the President of the Gambia Football Association in 2004, to discuss with him the prospects of taking up the responsibility of U-17 team's Head Coach without accepting any payment, but it never materialised.
"During my discussion with the former GFA prexy regarding the issue of becoming the U-17 team's Head Coach, I made myself categorically clear to him that I don't deserve to be paid if I do not win the World Cup for my country, if I am looking for money, I would rather stay in Birmingham to earn millions," Pa Modou explained to Pointsport.
On the reason of the course, he said it's to equip him to share the knowledge with fellow Gambians, especially those graduating from the grassroots level.