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Real Coach express intent

Apr 14, 2010, 12:54 PM | Article By: Lamin Drammeh

Pa Samba Mbenga, the Head Coach of Real De Banjul has expressed his intention to continue helping the grassroots sports, and football in particular, as part of his contribution to the development of young talents in the country.

Mbenga was speaking to this reporter in an interview at the Real De Banjul football field, shortly after the conclusion of a junior football tournament, initiated by the Former Armed Forces coach through the help of his management as part of his efforts to encourage the young talents in a bid to help them realise their talents.

Mbenga explained the rationale behind the organisation of the tournament, which saw GIFTS emerged as the champions after Ousman Senghore's much-anticipated effort gave them the title at the expense of Real De Banjul's feeder team in an exciting final, played at Real De Banjul football field recently.

Mbenga, whose Banjul club continued to produce disappointing results in the ongoing GFA Division One League Championship after they were held to a 1-1 draw against Gamtel as part of the second round opener, added "there is a need to organise a tournament of this nature so as to help the young talents realise their potential."

"It is good to see youngsters develop their talents, hence they are going to grow up to become big name players. This can be only done through encouragement at the grassroots level," Mbenga was quoted as saying by our reporter.

For his part, the Head Coach of the GIFTS Academy (The Champions) Babucarr Sowe widely called Lous, who was the captain of the Gambia Senior National team during his ten-year stint with the Scorpions was extremely delighted at his side's spectacular display.

Sowe, who was succeeded in winning a handful of Division One league titles with his former local side Wallidan, following similar success with The Gambia's national team, dilated on the importance attaches to grassroots sports, given the fact that the country’s hope of attaining excellence in sports depends largely on the shoulders of youngsters graduating from grassroots level.

He called for concerted efforts from all Gambians in our guest to achieve the desired result in the popular game. But he was however quick to admit that, "this can only be a reality, if youngsters are given as much encouragement as needed."