On U-17’s Dismal Performance
Friday, January 21, 2011
The Gambia’s U-17 football team’s woeful performance in Rwanda is a talking point in our sporting arena and by extension, the entire country. Many fans are blaming the coaches for not selecting the right players for the tournament in Rwanda.
Who is actually to be blamed for the dismal performance of our darling scorpions? Is it the coach Lamin Sambou or our football governing body, The Gambia Football Association or even the players?
Ofcourse when it comes to such an issue views and opinions vary as wide as those who are presenting them.
I will hit on all parties – the coach, GFA and the players. To me, the coach failed to make a right selection of players to make-up a formidable team to compete fiercely as they are known for over the years.
In my opinion, Coach Lamin Sambou lacks the ability to give right instructions. At times he would sit down fixed in his seat without making any movement as in everything was going fine whilst we were infact drowning.
As clearly manifested, he returned home ashamed, but failed to put the blame on the players for not following his instructions. A good leader takes responsibility for his actions and not shifts it to another. His assertion that if Gambians think that he cannot coach, he will revert to farming, his profession, is very disappointing.
On the other hand, GFA did not choose a right venue for the training camp, in Egypt. The venue for the tournaments, Rwanda, we all know has a different climatic condition with Egypt. It would have been better, if they had their pre-tournament training camp in Rwanda.
For the players, the whole nation was disappointed by their performance. It would be not matter much to belabor on it anyway because we have all seen it.
Author: omar bah, Bakoteh