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Monday, January 25, 2021

PORTS COACH SARR ON CAF CHALLENGE

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By John Mendy Ports Authority FC Coach Alagie Sarr said he fears his team could face an uphill task in the Caf champions league not necessarily against opposing teams but possible match-fixing when the competition starts in a month’s time. Gambia’s sole representative to this year’s CAF Champions League – Ports Authority, plays Sewe Sports of Ivory Coast in home and away ties on dates yet to be determined. Sarr, who led GPA to its 6th GFF League Division One title in May 2016, said had experienced this fraudulent act having participated many times as a Coach in Caf Club competitions with Gambian clubs. “I have a strong suspicion of this issue in CAF Champions League games by a lot of referees”. I was once in Tunis where a referee, whose name I will not disclose, was called to accept a huge sum of money to fix our game and he did. This has been a long but unresolved problem in African football, especially in North Africa where match officials are paid to fix games against minor teams,” he alleged. Sarr pleaded: “I think Caf should start helping the small teams because as a small club, it’s always disheartening to go through unfair treatment after spending hugely,” he concluded Observers believed in foraying into this Coach Sarr is sensitively preparing his mind and that of team ahead of their second Champions league appearance later this year.]]>

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