Scorpions fans react to coach Tom Saintfiet’s resignation


By Pa Barrow

Gambian fans have reacted to the senior national team coach’s decision to resign from his position as the head coach of the Scorpions following his side’s 3-2 defeat to the Indomitable Lions of Cameroon in their final group game of the 2023 Africa Cup of Nations.


The Alkamba Times went out and about to hear the reactions of some Gambian fans around the Greater Banjul Area.

“This is one of the best news for us as a country; he is the one who resigned from his position. The government will not be bothered about the money in the remaining portion of his contract. We will now also be able to play the way we want as one of the most talented countries in Africa.

Our players will be able to showcase their talents without any defensive nightmares. They have suffered under the Belgian coach,” Alieu Manneh, one of the Scorpions fans, told Alkamba Times.

“This is something that the coach had planned since before the tournament started. The second match press conference statement from Tom looked like his final statement with The Gambia. I am not surprised by my decision to resign. Besides, his resignation is a good move for both parties. It would have been difficult for him to turn things around. I wish him all the best of luck.

Let us now move forward as a nation.” Ebrima Njie, another Scorpions fan, also shared his thoughts with Alkamba Times in an exclusive interview.

Fatoumata Jammeh, a student at the University of the Gambia, commented on the decision of the coach as the best one for Gambian football. She said it’s a new chapter, and as far as we want to develop, we have to take risks along the way.

Lamin Ceesay, a native of Basse in URR, said that since the coach has gone, our centre of focus should now be the Gambia Football Federation. They have to resign and allow new people in office to change the dynamic of football; this is Gambia Football, not individual property.

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Baboucarr Fallaboweh
Baboucarr Fallaboweh Sports Editor (Buba Jallow Fallaboweh) is a Gambian football expert, football analyst & columnist. The Stockholm-based Journalist is a media officer, football Scout, PR, Influencer and Digital creator. I started my journalism career as a football analyst in 2012 with Vibes FM and went on to work with CityLimit, West Coast, Hot FM, Freedom Radio, Eye Africa and Afri Radio as a content producer and presenter. In 2013, I attended Football Daily on the BBC SPORTS where we discussed the different styles of Football played in Africa. I Went on to freelance for The Point Newspaper, Freedom Newspaper, Daily Observer and Standard Newspaper before being appointed as Sports Editor with the Alkamba Times in March 2022.  I have worked for Magazines like Glo Magazine and Foot54 covering Gambian football and African Football.   Between 2020 -2021 I worked as a scout for the Gambia Football Federation, scouting talents for the U17 &U20.  From 2017 to 2021, I served as Media officer for GFF First division teams Team Rhino and Marimoo and also as media Officer of Banjul FC, fourth Division tier in Sweden and Darboe’s FC (Female second division club in the Gambia). I served as a PR for Superstars Academy.   With Afrencon, I was a data analyst before I joined LightHouse as a head scout for the Gambia project. In organizational structures, I served as the ambassador of the John Bass Kidney Foundation and one of the founders of the foundation creating kidney awareness in the Gambia.   I also served two positions in the Gambian organization in Sweden, as Sports chairman and the secretary of the associations.   After 12 years of being a football journalist, I was named 3rd best sports column writer in Africa year 2021 by the reputable sports media organization AIPS. I finished in the top 35 in the world with my article titled Back way: Gambian footballers in deadly Voyage to Europe.   With over 500 articles and interviews, analysis, profiling, features and news, I was shortlisted for the Gambia Press Union National Journalist Award 2022. I submitted the article which was co-written alongside Momodou Bah From Living Through Despair to Being An Agent Of Hope, The Inspiring Story Of John Bass.   I have served as an advisers to Football academies, clubs, and players and others. I have hosted dozens of shows and was invited as a guest on both radio, TV and the online press. I also covered the Gambia's maiden AFCON debut in 2021 in Cameroon.  


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