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.