Nov 25, 2010, 12:39 PM
Paul Put, head coach of the
The Scorpions’ hope of qualification to their first-ever African Nations Cup finals was dealt a massive blow, following their 1-nil defeat by
The defeat in
The result was also met with great shock and disappointment by Gambian fans back home, who are becoming increasingly impatient with Paul for failing to guide the team to the Nations Cup finals for the second consecutive time.
Speaking to journalists during the press conference, the Belgian tactician who wants to see out the remaining two years of his four-year contract, apologized to the Gambian people for the defeat at the hands of
“We were all embarrassed by the results against
The embattled scorpions coach stressed that the performance of the team in
He also attributed The Gambia’s defeat by
Paul Put who said he will remain loyal to the Gambian people added, “We will stand and react strongly to the defeat in Namibia by putting up a good fight against Burkina Faso, because I still believe we lost the battle at Namibia but we did not lose the war.”
Reacting to claims that some of the players arrived late for the clash, and should have give chance to the likes of Seyfo Soley, the Belgium-born Gambian coach said the reason for sticking to the same team that started the qualifying campaign was the fact that you never change a winning team. “I have been trying to get the best balanced team to achieve the desire results”, he added.
The team’s dismal performance in
He explained that the reason for the late arrival of Tijan Jaiteh and Abdou Jammeh was one of airline ticketing, and that after a series of communications between the GFA and the Ministry responsible for Youth and Sports in The Gambia, the issue of the ticket for the Scorpions duo was resolved, Dahaba told the members of the media, who converged in their large numbers at the GFA secretariat.
Pointsport will bring you the other side of the press conference in tomorrow’s edition.