By Sulayman Bah
Gaffer Bonu Johnson has blamed late preparation for Gambia’s mauling by Senegal.
The Scorpions got stunned in their fortress Independence Stadium
losing 1-0 to the Taranga Lions.
An 8th minute goal from Mouhamad Waliou Ndoye was enough to do the
damage to Gambia’s hope of defying the extraordinary.
Ramadan and lack of concentration was blamed for the Scorpions’ 3-1
first-leg lost. And in a bid to twist the game on its head,
Gambian players were told to desist from fasting on the night of the
But the plan backfired with Senegal basking as winners. And speaking
in post-match comment, Bonu summed up his team’s elimination to a
sentence: late preparation, lack of competition and poor luck on goal.
‘We did not have enough time to prepare. You cannot prepare a team in
two months. We also don’t have a competition like the Senegalese team.
There’re only two changes to the team compared to the team that started
in Senegal,’ he told reporters.
He went on: ‘the boys may have been under pressure because they had to
overturn the score. We had more chances than the opponent but they
were in a hurry to score. There is also need for early preparation.’
Team captain Chsitoper Allen said: ‘we played well but it turned out
this way. It was God’s decision that we will lose and we take it in