Marcel Mandy, the executive director (ED), National Sports Council (NSC), has said that he was quite happy and satisfied with the Scorpions quest to book their first ever place in the Afcon tournament, adding that he was also very happy with the level of performance and commitment from the entire Scorpions side.
Speaking in an exclusive interview with Pointsports, Mr. Mendy congratulated Gambians, while urging everyone to continue working together as a nation to ensure “we secure qualification to the Afcon tournament.”
“On behalf of the Ministry of Youth and Sports, we want to congratulate every Gambian and hope that we will continue to work as a nation with a view to ensuring that we qualify. That is the ultimate objective,” he said.
According to him, what is critical is to continue working together as a nation, support each other and be more open to ideas and suggestions to ensure the country makes it.
Commenting on the earlier incident by the Gabonese for not complying with CAF rule governing covid-19, Mr. Mendy said that it was very disappointing for a nation like Gabon to have behaved in the manner they did.
“One would have never expected such behaviour from Gabon, instead from other nations. But this is football and African football for that matter. There is politic in it and that was one way they thought they could do it to get them win the game because as much as Gambian wanted to win the game, we must not also lose sight that equally the game was very important for Gabon.”
He added that Gabon wanted to do everything humanly possible to ensure that they distract the Gambian side from their rightful way of thinking.