Nov 25, 2010, 11:31 AM
The hopes of Gambian soccer fans were shattered on Saturday by the national football team, the Scorpions, after the team’s failure to qualify for the African Cup of Nations, which is to be co-hosted by
The match in
The Ministry of Youth and Sports and the Gambia Football Association (GFA) through the
In our view, it is now time for the Gambia Football Association to dissolve the senior national team and the technical crew of the team, and to organize a National Dialogue that would chart the way forward for the future of the teams.
However, anytime we are optimistic about their qualification that is the time the team will let us down.
The fundamental question we have to ask ourselves as Gambians, in all fairness, is whether we have the team at this moment that can take us to both the continental and international competitions.
Let us not fool ourselves with the caliber of professionals we have as a country. The question we need to ask ourselves is whether these professionals in the Gambian national squad are playing in top leagues in
You will be surprised that some of these players we call professionals are not even playing active football in the clubs, while others are even without clubs.
We firmly believe that it is the role of the national team coach and the technical department of the GFA to scout out good players for the country, and this should be backed with the necessary financial support which will enable them to tour
However, despite the disappointing results from
We should not allow the bad result to discourage us.
Let us continue to invest in sports, since a day would come when we will get the desired results for our country.