HELSINKI NOVEMBER 20TH-
The Head coach of the Gambia senior squad, the scorpions, has vowed to resign unless the football authorities in the country act quickly to pay all his outstanding dues before the end of the week.
Mr. Tony Hey, who is currently in Germany, said he is very disappointed with the attitudes of the footballing officials.
“I have had very promising discussions with them but nothing happens, what is this?” Tony questioned.
“I have three months unpaid salary, my travel expenses are also not paid, our preparation are not going well because the authorities don’t want to come out with the resources and more importantly, the players are not being paid and flight tickets not refunded, I don’t believe this” Tony went on.
He questioned how can you progress in such a situation?
Speaking from his home in Berlin, The German born coach said “I have spent so much energy, resources, time sending faxes, e-mails and endless phone calls around the world just make things happen but it’s for nothing. I have spoken to officials and explained my situation as a professional and expected to be paid like any working living being but from the 15th of September until now, I have not received a single penny and even the copy of my contract is yet to be return”.
Tony described the overall behaviour and situation as very strange to him after showing his willingness to work for the development of the game in the Gambia and abandoning more lucrative offers elsewhere.
“I am about to complete the a planned training camp to the United Arab Emirates and a friendly preparatory match with Egypt but everything is now in tatters as is my reputation”.
Speaking to members of the senior squad regarding the news of the coach’s departure, all expressed dismay about the situation and wonder what is happening with our football. Many of them questioned the competence of the responsible individuals and their sincerity in doing the right thing for the progress of the game.
Tony’s only stint with National side was the Gambia’s second outing in the 2008 qualifiers for the Nations cup against Algeria which ended 1-0 victory for the “Verts” of Algeria.
The Gambia earlier on signed Belgian Jan Van Winckle of Club Brugge to take on the reigns of the national side but failure break away from his contract with Brugge means that the Gambia lost out on his services
BELOW IS THE FULL TEXT OF TONY’S MAIL
Unfortunately I had to cancel my proposed trip to the Middle East for next week. We wanted to hold a training camp for the U20 Team in January in Dubai including 2 friendly and an international-friendly match for our Senior Team in February.
I have set a deadline to receive my outstanding salary (3 months) my travel-expenses and my signed contract back. This has not happened till close of office today and I am not prepared to wait any longer for this. It is a shame that I have not been paid a single penny until now and obviously the relevant persons do not stay to their promises.
I have been contacted by Dinamo Minsk of Belarus and if everything works out fine, I will sign a new contract there.
For you and for the players, I wish every success and all the very best. I will follow the results and keep my fingers crossed. Hopefully you make it to Ghana.
If I do not get all of them personally, please be so kind to pass on my regards and wishes to the players.
That’s all for now, good luck and all the best (and try to stay warm........!)
NEW MAN AT THE HELM IN DJURGADEN
GAMBIAN International Pa Dembo Touray’s side Djurgaden has signed an unknown former Icelandic international to finally replace Anders Gronhagen.
The former Icelandic international Siggi Jonsson signed a three year contract with the deposed Swedish champions last week.
The 40-year-old alternated between defence and midfield during a playing career yielding 65 caps and featuring spells in England, Scotland and Sweden. Since hanging up his boots in 2001, Jonsson has coached Icelandic clubs FH Hafnarfjördur, Víkingur Reykjavík and Grindavík. He takes over from Anders Gronhagen, who has acted as caretaker since Kjell Jonevret quit in September.
The Stockholm side also announced that they are hiring Tord Grip, who was assistant to former England head coach Sven-Göran Eriksson, as strategic adviser. Djurgården finished sixth in the 2006 Allsvenskan.
Responding to the news of the signing, club insiders say the Chief Executive Bosse Andersson, wanted a hard man at the top and a little unknown Icelander with a tough reputation can bring back the title once again to the capital.
PIERRE JALLOW JOINS BC KALEV, TALLIN, ESTONIA
GAMBIAN Professional basketball prodigy Pierre Jallow (Formerly of William Jewell, US) has come from down under to join Estonian club BC KALEV/ Rapla.
Pierre who marked his debut with an explosive performance has been label a revelation for his club and Estonian basketball. He has already shined in his debut in Estonia, scoring 20 points while pulling 13 rebounds and dishing out seven assists in a 82-64 win over TTÜ KK.
After spending the summer in Australia with Mackay Meteors, the talented forward returned once again to Europe to play in the northern basketball leagues, this time for BC Kalev/ Rapla in the EMKL.
In their second game of the campaign, Pierre and his side lost to, Rakvere 59-77 but emerged as the leading leading scorer of the game after netting 24 points, nailing 10 of 16 that night, while being also a monster at the boards, grabbing 16 rebounds which was also a game high. With more such positive outings, PJ could emerge as one of the top players in the league if not on the whole Baltic this time around.
Just before leaving Australia, PJ won the player of the Week Award for the final fixture round of the Queensland Australian Basketball League in 2006. In the face of very tough competition in the Goal Coast Goannas, Jallow pounded the pavement to walk away with 36 points, 23 rebounds, 5 assists and 2 steals. This massive effort caps off an exciting season for Jallow in his first year in the QABL against some Queensland, and Australians finest.
After having a successful stint in Finland, with Kovout, the Gambian forward moved back to Australia, where he once played for Townsville in the QABL but this time with Mackay Meteors.
WEEKEND ROUND UP OF GAMBIAN INTERNATIONALS
SEYFO SOLEY emerged to have shrugged of the injury he sustained at the beginning of the season but getting football team football it seems is proving lot more difficult.
The Gambian international missed Racing Genk’s weekend goalless draw against Club Brugge.
The result which could be described as a stutter in the early pacesetter stride in Belgium failed to dampen the league leader’s spirit.
The Genkois have enjoyed an extra-ordinary run in the Jupiler league that many believe that the season is theirs whilst the usual suspects continue to struggle.
Speaking from Genk Seyfo dismissed the fear that he may be surplus with his club
but instead a key player who has a lot to offer.
Genk are now comfortably sitting on top of the Belgian league with 33 points.
GAMBIAN DUO IN LIERSE CRY FOUL
Gambian duo of Mustapha Jarju and Assan Jatta of Lierse football club cried their hearts out last night at the end of the weekend encounter that could handed them their first ever three points in top flight football in Belgium.
Lierse lost at home to Germinal Beershot by 3-2 in a goal feast encounter that would have turn their season around but with the intervention of a certain referee, the Lierse players and fans could only watch in agony as he allowed a clear offside to stand and cancelled out Mustapha Jarju’s first goal of the season in the 24th minute of the first half.
Lierse thought that all three points were theirs for the taking after going 2-0 up in the first half. But a rally late in the second half when the game was well poised against the run of play they had enjoyed all evening, the visitors fought all evening to claw back some respectability for their travelling fans against the team that could only boast of 2 points all season. The came later developed into a tussle and as Lierse saw their lead curtailed badly. The referee turned down their final goal and effort just for the visitors to score in the final minute of regular time.
The shock crowd and players alike broke down at the final whistle, whilst new caretaker coach Eric Vander Meide could only look on.
Both Assan and Mustapha has vowed to play and turn things around for the club that has given them the chance to play professional football.
“We had a very good game as we were determined. We had two goals turn down, the first goal they scored was a clear offside. We have 4 more games in the first round and most definitely we will play for the points now, I find it difficult to hold my tears back”. Toubabo said.
Lierse sacked coach Rene Troey last week following the most dismal of runs in the clubs history picking up 2 points out of a possible 33.
Lierse are still rock bottom in the Belgian league with only two points.
Meanwhile both Ebou Sillah and Idirissa Sonko missed their respectively clubs weekend fixtures. F.C Brusells played a goalless draw against Lokeren whiles Idi’s Roda JC lost away to Utrecht by 2-0.