U17 Coach Bojang: "It could be difficult, But not impossible"

BY: Alieu Ceesay 

Many have concluded that it is all over for The Gambia in their bid to qualify to their second U17 Women's World Cup in 2018 after a 5-1 defeat at home to the Black Maidens of Ghana on Saturday at the Independence Stadium in Bakau.

But for Coach Abdoulie Bojang, it could be difficult, but not impossible to overturn the 5-1 result when his side travel to Cape Coast in two weeks time for the return leg.

Speaking at a post match press conference, Bojang admitted that Ghana was a better side, but added, "we conceded goals that could have been avoided. These are inexperienced players but we have learn a lot. None of the Gambian players has ever played in any international game."

Ola Buwaro, Gambia's team Captain was quite disappointed that she could not score against Ghana.

Ola, who scored away in Sierra Leone, would like to see the team maintained for future competitions. "We are going to rectify our mistakes before the return leg."

Also sharing his thoughts after the game, Augustine Evans Adotey, head coach of the Ghanaian side, said he played against a good side and Gambia winning away in Sierra Leone is commendable. "They need to be supported interms of sponsorship," he recommended.

"Am proud of my players because we kept our ambition of securing a victory. It is not all over yet because I play against a good side and I will not underage them [The Gambia]."

Coach Adotey could not hide how proud he was of the goals scorer, Captain Abdullai Mukarama, who she said, is even tipped to play for the Ghanaian Senior team.

As to how long it took him to prepare his team, he said it took him one month to prepare the team for the qualifiers. "My selection was based on scouting from the leagues and inter-school football competitions."