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Tuesday, December 1, 2020

WHO ARE THE NEXT COACHES FOR JUNIOR TEAMS?

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According to Gomez who was speaking on behalf of the  technical committee chairman and first vice president Abdoulie Star Jallow, his committee has already identified two people for appointment as coaches for the Under-17 and U-20 teams  while the search for a third one, to handle both  the U-23 and the home-based players’ national teams, is ongoing.  

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According to Mr Gomez, the names of the two coaches have been submitted to the GFF emergency committee which will sit over the matter as soon as possible.

Commenting on a potential Under -23 coach, Gomez said they have identified two people in this category too who will be asked to apply. “If they do so, they will be interviewed and the suitable one appointed but if only one person shows interest, then he will automatically become coach for this category,” he said.

Mr Gomez however declined to disclose the identities of those about to be made coaches, saying that all the formalities have to be completed before names can be released.

He concluded by again revealing that the issue of the main national team coach is yet to be finalised since  that involves the Ministry of Youth and Sports who are working hard to finalise all arrangements in getting a coach.

“But we are equally interested in that process and hope that it is completed very soon because we badly need a coach to get the national team engaged and improve our ranking,” he observed.

Meanwhile, The Standard attempted frantically yesterday to find out those already picked or identified but all the potential candidates contacted declined to comment.

Until their dismantling in the wake of the Caf disqualification, the Under-20 was coached by Tapha  Manneh of Gamtel while Steve Biko’s Abdoulie Bojang was head coach of the Under -17 and was also  in charge of a makeshift  national team that won an invitational championship in Senegal recently. Also, Lamin Sarr and Lamin Sambou have both had spells as coaches for the junior sides. Observers yesterday suggested the coaches must come from among the above names.

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