Oct 26, 2011, 12:14 PM
Jammeh E.K. Bojang, the General Secretary of the country's biggest football body, the Gambia Football Association described Paul Put, the Head Coach of The Gambia senior national team as a great personality who has The Gambia at heart, adding that he always expressed his desire to work for The Gambia.
"I am very happy that the government has given us a great personality in the name of Paul Put, a very hard working coach and we are proud to work with him. We can only pray for him so that he can have result-oriented tenure before the end of his stay in the country," Jammeh says of Paul Put.
"The government, the Ministry, the FA and every Gambian are fully aware of Paul's intention in trying to uplift the standard of Gambian football and we will work closely with him to help him realise his dream of guiding the country wherever he wants to guide it to," the General Secretary of the GFA told Pointsport in an interview with this reporter, in his Office at the new GFA Secretariat in Kanifing South on Tuesday.
Jammeh added "it is an executive desire that we should work with Paul and we are proud to work with him and more importantly, he is a great personality who has this country at heart and hopefully he would achieve great results for The Gambia before the end of his stay."
The Secretary-General is fully aware of Paul's intention to go abroad to look for more foreign-based players to fill the gap left by a few others who were reported to have shown less commitment to the national duty.
"I feel sad for Paul because he lost so many players who were very much closed to his heart and he is really disappointed with their behaviours," he added. He needs replacement for them to strengthen the team, hence they are not willing to play for him.
"We have no other alternative than to give him the green light to go and look for more Gambian foreign-based players as a possible replacement for the departed players but refused to mention names."
The Belgian tactician Paul Put who went so close to guiding The Gambia to its first-ever Nations Cup finals told this reporter last Wednesday of his intention to go abroad to look for more Gambian players for the senior national team and Manchester United youngster who is a Gambian origin Joshua King is understood to have been one of his targets.