Mancini Blame Players After Algeria Defeat
Thursday, June 21, 2012
Mancini was speaking in an exclusive interview with West Coast Radio’s Abdoulie Bah after the game in Blida on Friday after the team defeat to Algeria.
The last time The Gambia conceded four goals in a single game was in 1988 Amilcar Cabral Zone II Championship in a 4-0 defeat to Senegal, as well as to Liberia in 1996 in the 1998 World Cup qualifier in Accra.
The Italian, said: “In Algeria we went on with our preparations but in six minutes they scored two goals due to the players missed concentration. We believed we had a chance in the match with Saihou Gassama’s goal before halftime, but the home side came from the locker room with fresh legs and they continued to dominate the game and they eventually scored two late goals to wrap it up.”
Luciano Mancini also denied claims that there are conflicts within the squad. “No, I don’t have that impression from the players. Even amongst the players themselves they have good behaviors as far as I know,” he said.
“I have lot of things and some of them are very important. The need to put in the young home based players like Sulayman Marr who was one of the players that performed very well in the field.
Mancini also went on to apologized to Gambian`s, the ministry of Youth and Sports and the GFA. “This is football you never know we can make a good comeback in our upcoming games. I would base much of my attention on the local-based players and we would follow the performances of the players at their various clubs. I would personally follow them,” he added.
Author: Omar Bah