21 February 2013

Gambia/Senegal: Gamtel Coach Confident of Finishing Job in Dakar

Gamtel coach Tapha Manneh is confident that he will finish off the job against Senegalese side HLM Asselem Wakam when the two sides face off in the second leg of their Confederation Cup first round in Dakar in a fortnight.

The Gambian FA Cup winners secured a 2-1 home win over the Senegalese second tier outfit in the first leg played at the Box Bar Mini-Stadium in Brikama at the weekend with Hamang Conteh scoring both goals.

Speaking at a press conference following the win, Manneh said he had expected more from the Senegalese Cup winners and from the account of things at the weekend, he has renewed hopes that he will finish off the job in Senegal with another win. "I have learned that I have lost so many chances, we didn't have the experience of the team in the opening (half), so we played a lot of defensive play because we didn't know our opponent but I am sure that we are going to win in Senegal," he added.

For his part, the head coach of HLM Asselem Wakam, Sheriff Kandji, said he was disappointed with the outcome of the match, blasting his side for not playing up to the level expected. He nonetheless remained optimistic that they can turn the tie around at home. He also blamed the Sierre Leonean referee for giving what he believed was not a penalty.

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