Apr 19, 2010, 11:14 AM
The embattled Scorpions coach Paul Put has told the Gambian media that one of the biggest problems he is facing is scouting for more foreign-based players for the senior national team.
Speaking to reporters at a press conference organized by the Gambia Football Association on the team’s recent loss away to
“If I cannot see the players in a real game situation in their respective leagues, it would make my job difficult”, said Paul Put who used the platform to urge the Gambia government to give him the opportunity to go and see more foreign-based players in action in a bid to invite them to the national team.
“If the government can give me the opportunity to go around to scout more Gambian players playing abroad, it would make my job easier”, said Paul Put who has failed in his second attempt to lead the Scorpions to their first-ever African Nations Cup finals much to the dismay of a teaming number of Gambian soccer fans, who are becoming increasingly frustrated by the Scorpions’ lack of Nations Cup appearance.
The Belgium-born football tactician who described the Scorpion’s defeat to
This is due to what football authorities called financial constraints that continue to take their toll on the progress of the country’s football in all categories, and had frustrated the national team’s chances of making an impact in their respective outings over the years.
This has also led to a patchy performance by the Gambia National U-17 team that lost their African U-17 championship glory, having conquered the continental youth football in 2005 and 2009 in
However, the baby scorpions have failed in their attempt to replicate the same success at the youth stage, after they bowed out of the eight-nation cadet tournament in the group stages of the last campaign held in
Their horrible showing in
After the U-17 and U-20 disappointing campaigns in
This followed an unfortunate withdrawal of the U-23 national team that was chosen to represent the country in the 2012 London Olympic Games owing to financial problems of the GFA.
The Scorpions 1-nil defeat at the expense of
Even a massive win against
The Ministry of Youth and Sports, it would be recalled, launched a fund-raising committee (called
However, the issue of financial incapacity by the Gambia Football Association remained unchanged with many fanatic followers of Gambian football believing that the players are not financially motivated enough, despite several efforts to remedy their financial situation.
It is so obvious that football needs adequate preparation and enough funds to enable it move to the highest desirable standard, which is definitely the stumbling block in the progress or development of Gambian football all this point in time.
It is high time that individual interest is put aside for national football’s development.
This will help the football authorities greatly in their quest to tackle the financial problems hampering the development of Gambian football.