Nov 26, 2008, 5:58 AM
Haji Tunkara, head coach of the Gambia Ports Authority (GPA), has urged his team to learn from this season to improve on their standing next season.
He made these remarks following his side’s 2-2 draw with Bakau United, which means his side is automatically out of the race for this year’s title, in the week twenty-one encounter of the GFA played at the Independence Stadium in Bakau on Sunday.
His side was leading by 1-0 but later had to concede 2 goals, Tunkara said, adding that they later equalised and were also hoping for a third goal but time was far spent.
He said he was disappointed with the draw but the performance of the boys was “not bad” because Bakau United is a big team.
“Our aim is to collect the maximum three points in every game,” he remarked.
He said further that any team that is chanced to win the league “deserves it because playing 22 games is not easy”, and that their players made them proud because they performed up to expectations during the league.
He also said they would take their final game seriously because they respect all games and also want to end the league with a victory.
While expressing satisfaction with his team’s position on the league standing, Kebba Touray, Bakau United head coach, said it had always been a difficult game for his side against the GPA.
“It is a fair position looking at where we started,” he said, adding that their bad time came at the middle of the league.
“We lose four of our central defenders due to injuries and travelling,” he also said, adding that they told their players to be composed because the GPA “knock the ball around”.
Jasper, as he is widely known, said he was satisfied with the overall performance of his players during the league.
Asked about the organizational aspect of the Gambia Football Association and the current interim committee, Jasper said there is not much difference in terms of organization.
He concluded in saying they are building a better side to compete in the FA Cup competition.