18 January 2013

Gambia/Senegal: Red Scorpion Prepare for International Tourney in Dakar

The female league title holders, Red Scorpion FC, are preparing for a one-week international tournament in Dakar, Senegal. The tournament will be held from the 1st to 7th April 2013.

This was revealed to this reporter by Chorro Mbenga, head coach of the team, on Wednesday in an interview shortly after a friendly test match against Choro's Male Academy at the Ice football ground where the former was beaten 4-1.

She said Red Scorpion will join 15 other teams from West Africa in the tournament while calling for support from the general public. "Red Scorpion is without sponsor and everything is behind the technical staff, so we are just trying to honour the invitation. We have written to some institutions and companies but we are yet to receive any positive response," she lamented, noting that any support given will greatly help the team in their participation.

Commenting on the female league, Chorro lamented that women football is not given their due because as she put it, "pre-season meeting should have been taking place by now but nothing has been done. We (Red Scorpion) as far as we believe in the game and most of our players love the game; we cannot sit down and wait for the GFA or women committee to call us for training".

As to what should be done in order to develop the game considering the fact the Gambian leader has assured of his full support, the Red Scorpion female team coach said due respect should be given to women football as it is for the male football. "In football the rules are the same and for the president of the Republic, we are once again saying big thanks to him for assuring us of his unwavering support," she said, while challenging the people responsible for women football to take their responsibility and move female football forward.

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