By John Mendy
Sulayman Kuyateh, the legendary coach of Brikama United has announced he his quitting his job sending shockwaves around the town’s football community. The coach said the soon ending the 2016/17 GFF League season will be his last.
The news follows months of speculation about Kuyateh’s future with the club after the team’s continental dream was shattered in November 2016 amid “lack of financial muscle” to go to Confederations Cup after a glamorous fund raising campaign was staged which apparently did not raise much.
Sulayman Kuyateh’s departure came as a surprise to many attached to the club following his post on his official Facebook account and with just three matches to the end of the season.
“I want to thank everyone in Brimaka for the support they have given during my stay as the Head coach. But everything is time and the time is up for me to leave. I have finally tendered my resignation, as the Head and I will be leaving after the season. I once again thank God and my family for the support,” he posted.
The 36-year-old has not revealed where his next destination will be, nor is it clear who will likely be his replacement at the club next season.
During his five years stint with the club, Saul has attained Caf Coaching C and B Licenses and four years ago (April 2013), he was privileged to have attended a two-week internship UEFA Coaching program in the Netherlands; a trip facilitated by the former Executive Committee of the Brikama Sports Committee (BYSA).
In his managerial career with the “Satay Ba” club since February 2012, Kuyateh has so far coached the team to a total number of 113 matches in all competition; 95 League, 15 FF Cup and 3 CAF Club competition games.
The outgoing Brikama United coach, has won one FA Cup title in 2016 but is yet to win the league. When he took over Brikama were already champions and he guided them to a respectable Caf Champions league competition eliminating AS Ouakham of before respectfully bowing out to Tunsian giants Esperance.
The closest of the club under his guidance was in the 2015-2016 season where the club had a near miss to eventual champions Ports Authority with just a point to finished 2nd.
(Alkali Cham) Really he Saul proven himself beyond doubts; so I think a solution should be found to whatever might have led to his resignation and convince him to continue his work as a coach for Brikama Utd.
(Buba Bojang) No…. coach is too early for you to resign…. Indeed you are the best coach
(Ba Jabbi) Saul Kuyateh is an amazing coach. I am sad that he is leaving the team.
(Nyunka Borry Manneh) Good luck, brighter days lies ahead. Thanks for your services
(Adi General) Am spending the sad moment of my life; my best coach ever in life Saul Kuyateh is LIVING #BRIKAMA #UNITED. OMG COACH we will never have your replacement never!. You helped me a lot during the little I spent with you. If you see people are saying #BUSQUETS today, You helped me a lot yesterday#SAUL .But I say to you GOOD LUCK. I say no to your go.
(Malang Mmanneh) Good luck and wish to see u with another team soon. Best young coach sky is the limit
(Fadal Nyang) You still have a long way to go, you are a young Coach an all the best in your carrier.
(Edrissa Bojang) A job well done at Brikama United, wish u all the best in your upcoming undertaking
(Ensa Bojang) So sad my coach is leaving
(Sang Wisdom Mendy) Better luck elsewhere
(Abdoulie Beck Bah) Good luck Coach Saul Kuyateh all the best of luck in the feature May god bless you and protect you
(Michael Campangaro Mendy) Thanks for the good work u did at Brikama united. May the Almighty GOD guide you to make a good move…and may your dreams shine true.
(Kebba van Sawaneh) Today is one of my saddest days as far as football is concern, this news is so touching and I just can’t react to it in a better way to be honest.
Saul you’ve been one of the most experienced, hardworking, competent and better coaches that I always learned from and look up to, your philosophy as a coach is something that I adore and appreciate more. I really enjoyed the short time I spent working with you and I’ve gathered lots of skills and ideas in coaching from you.
The younger generation of coaches including #Myself are so lucky to have you around and I only pray to the Almighty (S.W.T) to continue giving you the strength to live and be more successful in your coaching career. The future is so bright for you and wish you all the best #Coach.
(Babusky Bojang) Oh class you are always good and may Allah continue to guide you and give you all what you wish for yourself.
(Gorrie B. Jallow) oh mate that’s a very touching decision… wish you all the best of luck in your future endeavours.
(Messi Doe) You are very good at what u do coach so b guaranteed of success elsewhere #Brikama will miss u #Saul #Good Luck Coach #Saul
(Yaya Ahimane) Oh my God SaulKuyateh you are on the best coach in Gambia is sad news because many players cooperate with you and the team is gonna miss you. Wish you all the best in your future with lot of success
(Babucarr F Kuyateh) Whereever you go you are the best for Brikama