The Gambia Armed Forces Football Club on Thursday unveiled Ebou Jarra as its new head coach. His appointment came following the departure of Pierre Gomez, who left the club based on mutual consent.
Ebou Jarra, who has signed a two-year contract with the soldiers, helped his former team Tallinding United earn promotion to the top flight having finished second in the second division last term.
The soldiers described Jarra as a well-mannered, flexible, honest and hardworking individual with a wide range of experience drawn from a number of challenging paid and voluntary roles. He was also described as having the ability to contribute positively in team building and to motivate others.
Speaking during the unveiling, the Chairman of the GAF FC Board, Brigadier General Momodou Sowe said it’s a very long time since they last won a major title, but noted that with this new coach they hope to become champions in the GFF league.
According to him, they will not make any compromise with the team as they are providing all what the team needs, adding that GAF is one of the few teams in the GFF first division giving their players monthly salaries.
For his part, Ebou Jarra thanked the board of GAF for choosing him, affirming that this contract is very important for him. He expressed hope to bring more success for the team.
Addressing the players, the new coach said that he does not want just good but great players, saying the reason for saying that is “good players know where the ball is coming from but great players know where the ball goes to.”
According to him, no burden will be put on the players but instead he urged them to work as a team, saying in other to succeed they need to be collaborative.
Pierre Gomez, GAF former head coach, expressed sadness for the fact that he is leaving the team but noted that in life nothing is permanent.
He promised to give all the necessary support to the team.
By Arfang MS Camara