5 February 2013

Gambia: Armed Forces Confident Despite Poor Results

Despite a dismal start to the season that has seen them remain pointless from the opening three matches of the season, Gambia Armed Forces' coach El Hadji Sy is optimistic that he will turn the corner for the club.

The fact that the 2003 champions have lost all their three matches so far this season coupled with a dismal performance at the 2012 African Military Championship in Ivory Coast has seen pressure mounting on the Senegalese-born coach.

But speaking to reporters following his side's latest defeat in a 1-0 loss to defending champions and run away leaders Rea de Banjul, Sy believes his side will eventually recover from their poor start to the season to turn the corner.

"I want to apologise to every person who breathes Armed Forces for the unwanted results we have been getting. I am a person of truth so I must speak the truth. I believe the bad results will stop at three matches and that's what we are praying to God for. I am telling them to come in our next match and push us. They should not be discouraged," he added.

When quizzed as to whether he will retain his position as the coach of the Khaki Boys, the former Senegalese international played down the question and said the time has not come to that yet.

"On the speculation of (the security of) my job, we have not come to that yet. This is coaching, you the journalists are used to asking these questions when a coach loses like three matches in a row. I have come to work and this is coaching. Anything that happens [about my job] it will not surprise me," he stated.

The former Diaraf coach then blamed his side's lack of gelling as a team for their poor start to the season after several new players arrived in the off-season.

"If you look at the team [featured] today you will see new faces. As they say a team cannot be changed in just one year, it takes time. Any team that has young players in their ranks will take two or three years before they begin to perform. We have made recruitments and we are working.

"We will bounce back and a team like Armed Forces does not merit these results. We will take it in good faith and pray to God knowing that it is a league. It is not yet finished," he concluded.

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