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Departure of Scorpions’ coach sparks debate


Peter Bonu Johnson who was hired  last March was told to leave by his employers, the Ministry of Youth and Sports. Though no official reason was publicly given, it is reported that it is  apparently related to The Gambia’s current suspension by Caf whesich means the Scorpions cannot compete in official competition for two years.

When The Standard conducted a random vox pop on the matter, it discovered strong but balanced views on the matter. A club official said if the only reason is because of the absence of official competition, then the move is surprising as one needs a coach at all times whether or not one is in a  competition. 

“The coach should be there to prepare the team. His job could be expanded with assignment to work with the regions on youth football development,” said the club administrator. 

A former national team player who also does not want to be named said the country needs a coach to ensure the rebuilding of the national team. “It would be hard to reorganise if you do not have coach for long,” he observed.

The Standard also spoke to a former football association official who said: “There will be surely another development to this matter because surely The Gambia must have a coach at any time if we want to catch up with the time to be spent on suspension. I think we will hear more from the authorities on this matter.” 


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