9 September 2013

Gambia: Hard Work, Determination Key to Win - Bonu

Scorpions Coach Bonu Johnson has said perseverance and hard work were key to Gambia's victory over the visiting Taifa Stars. Gambia wrapped the 2015 world Cup qualifier campaign at least on a high note, securing a rare case of sweet revenge over Tanzania on Saturday. A buoyant Bonu picked his first points in four games since his appointment to the managerial helm, but said the spoils came not without toils. Admitting it was an arduous assignment with Gambia's hope for a slot in the 2015 qualifier on a knife edge, the erstwhile youth team gaffer said; "It has been a very tough task. With hard work and determination we were able to make it 2-0.

The game was not easy, we said we are here to give a very respectable performance; to defend the flag of our country", adding that things paid off with his players' adherence to his game plan. "We made sure we stuck to our game plan and the boys listened.

The boys gave it all they had as I said in my [pre-match] press conference; we all knew what was at stake. We respect the Tanzanians, they are a good team," said Bonu, who lost his second and third games in defeats by Ivory Coast and Morocco. Bonu blamed the defeats in the past games to poor luck that gripped his team and the 15-months transition that Gambian football underwent.

He continued: "The objective of every coach is to win but unfortunately the past game we' ve been losing, but that does not mean we were not playing and creating chances. We were playing. It was just that luck was not on our side. During our last two games, there was more of a transition." On his game tactic, the ex-Gambia Ports Authority and GFA league title-winner added, "We stick to our formation and made sure we had depth in our defence and we came to attacking, we had aerial power."

Saturday's win assures Gambia of a place in the 2015 nations Cup qualifiers. On the table, the Scorpions are rooted bottom on four points in Group C with Ivory Coast top with five points, while Morocco is slotted second and Tanzania [six points] third place.

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