According to our source, the long and tedious process of selecting a coach is now over, and the person identified will be officially named by midweek.

Although our source would not supply any name, it confirmed that the Raoul Savoy, the Spaniard-Swiss who was reported over the weekend in many quarters to be the chosen one, is among the three names now left on the shortlist.

Pressed to explain what led to the prolonged delay, our source explained that the issue of appointing a coach is a complex matter in which the GFF is not the only player and some aspects of the decision had to be made from very high up.


Meanwhile The Standard also reliably learnt that the GFF had been in touch with scores of Gambian players abroad, through emails and letters inviting them to the national team. These include some of the most prominent players like Modou Barrow of Swansea and Carayol of Middleborough. 

Our source said a robust schedule had been planned and mapped out for the national team to follow including friendly matches at home and abroad alongside the official competitions.

”Basically the GFF has been at work  on building the team long before now, only it chose to keep things under wraps until the  right time, which is now  coming,” our source concluded.

Over the weekend, a Gambian blogging site Nna -Gambia news edited by Sang Mendy reported that Raul Savoy had been confirmed as the coach for the national team and would be arriving soon to sign a contract.