30 January 2013

Gambia: Serekunda East Plays Down Pitch Criticism

The secretary general of the Serekunda East Sports Developmental Organisation (SESDO), Alagie Nyassi, has played down the criticism that the pitch at their stadium received from coaches recently.

Kebba 'Jesper' Touray of Bakau United and Hawks' Sang Ndong both criticised the pitch at the stadium but none so harsher than Young Africans German-born tactician Mike Totzke, who said the pitch is only fit for farming purposes.

Speaking to Observer Sports on Monday, Nyassi who himself is the head coach of second division outfit Tallinding United said it is up to the coaches to say whatever they like about their pitch, but he doesn't want to say much about it. He explained that they are currently doing some rehabilitation on the pitch, but that it is still playable.

He advised coaches who feel their teams are not comfortable playing on the pitch to lodge their complaint to the Football Association for the rescheduling of their matches. This, he said, will also avail them the opportunity to improve the conditions of the field.

He added that as a committee, they will make sure that the ground will be level and conducive for football.

Nyassi also said that there is nothing like a farmland that looks like a football pitch, adding that football has been played under more terrible conditions than Serekunda East in the past.

"They are playing in more bad pitches than Serekunda East which they are not saying [anything against]," he said.

He nonetheless admitted that they have to improve the surface of the field.

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