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Sunday, January 30, 2011

Gambia U-17 coach sacked

Lamin Sambou
The Gambia Football Association on Thursday announced the removal of Lamin Sambou from the post of national Under-17 coach after the Gambia's poor result in Rwanda.
Sambou's two assiatnts - Ebrima Manneh and Jane Joof - were also sacked in one of the most drastic measures taken by the GFA in recent memory.
Although announced on Thursday, the decision to sack the three coaches is believed to have been taken on Tuesday after an emergency meeting of executive committee members.
In several interviews after the Baby Scorpions' less-than-impressive campaign in Rwanda Sambou has consistently blamed his players for "not following instructions".
The GFA, in a press statement released on Thursday, left no doubt that it held the technicians solely responsible.
Press Release
“The Executive Committee of The Gambia Football Association has reviewed the performance of The Gambia U-17 National team in the 9th CAF African U-17 Championship held in Rwanda from January 8-22, 2011 and has since decided to terminate the services of the Head Coach, Mr. Lamin Sambou and his Assistant Coaches, Messrs. Ebrima Manneh and Jane Joof with immediate effect.

This decision was reached at an emergency Executive Committee meeting that thoroughly scrutinized the performance of our National team and drew the conclusion that the team’s failure to effectively and meaningfully perform in Rwanda was unquestionably technical. As such, the services of the Technical Staff have been terminated effectively.

The Executive Committee sincerely apologise to the entire Gambian populace for the dismal performance of our team in Rwanda 2011. We wish to reassure all and sundry that the factors liable for such a poor showing will be thoroughly examined and appropriate remedial measures shall be taken to ensure a more meaningful performance of our National teams in International competitions in the future.

The Executive Committee of The Gambia Football Association extends its heartfelt appreciation and thanks to H.E Sheikh Professor Dr. Alhagie Yahya A.J.J Jammeh, Chief Patron of the GFA for his overwhelming support to the GFA and the National teams. To the Ministry of Youth and Sports, we express our sincere thanks for the collaborative partnership. To the media (both private and public) and the entire football fraternity, we thank you for your continuous support and encouragement.”
Poor Results
The Gambia went to Rwanda as defending champions after winning the 2009 tournament in Algeria without losing a match and conceding only one goal in five matches.
They lost their opening game against Congo 3-0, won 1-0 against Mali and were hammered 4-1 by Cote d'Ivoire to exit the Rwanda tournament with the country's worst-ever result at Under-17 level.

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