8 February 2013

Gambia: GFA Sacks U-20 Coach, Others

Former Gambia U-20 and U-17 coaches Lamin Sarr and Lamin Sambou have become the latest to lose their jobs with the Gambia Football Association(GFA), Observer Sports can authoritatively confirm.

The duo are part of 13 members of staff that were toldto look for jobs elsewhere with their services terminated effective from March 2013 though no official reason has been advanced for their dismissal.

It is the second time that staff are being retrenched by the supreme body of Gambian football in seven months. It would be recalled that the FA announced at the end of July 2012 that 34 staffers have been retrenched. At that time, the GFA Normalisation Committee announced through its Media officer that the decision was made in the wake of a staff audit carried out by the committee.

When contacted, Marcel Mendy, the acting secretary general of the GFA, could not confirm or deny the report. He simply asked us to get back to him later. His words: "If you want me to talk about that, you will have to call me later in the day because I am currently heading to the National Assembly." When contacted later in the day, his phone was unreachable.

Lamin Sarr did confirm to Observer Sports that he was indeed sacked together with twelve others. He said: "It is true that I have been sacked but no reason was advanced for my termination. I was at home when Mama (the GFA messenger) brought me the letter which only stated that my services have been terminated with effect from March."

Sarr who qualified The Gambia to the African Youth Championship in South Africa in 2011 and was assistant to former Scorpions coach Paul Put further stated that he was owed five months salary that was still not paid up to the time of his sacking. He further revealed that some of the affected staff are owed up to seven months of unpaid salaries by the FA.

Lamin Sambou who goes by his sobriquet LS guided the U-17 team to the African U-17 championship in Rwanda in 2011. He was also assistant to Egyptian Tariq Siaggy when Gambia won gold at the 2009 edition in Algeria.

Alagie Marong until his sacking was the only goalkeeper trainer for all the country's national football teams after previously working with Italian Franco Cricentini.

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