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Football fans: Bornu Johnson must go!

Scores of Gambian football fans have called for the immediate resignation of the national local team coach, Bornu Johnson amid a streak of abysmal performances – the latest was a loss to Senegal at the Independence Stadium on Saturday in the CHAN 2016 qualifiers.

Bornu became popular after leading the U-17 to clinch the 2005 Peace Tournament organised by President Jammeh. He later assisted U-17 coach, Osam Dudu, to lift the African U-17 youth championship in 2007.

These days, however, he is at the receiving end of public anger over the performance of his team, especially after suffering from a back to back defeat to Senegal.

Some of the fans took to Facebook to vent their frustration over Bornu’s poor performance.    

 “Please, please let him resign. He is not capable of handling our national teams,” wrote one Basjai Jaiteh.

Ali Hydara, a prominent social commentator, said: “If Gambia does not hire foreign coaches for all national teams from U-17 to senior squad, I am saying good bye to Gambian football for good.”

Journalist Prince Babucarr Sankanu wrote that The Gambia should think about dissolving the entire football system and start from scratch.

“Too many resources are wasted and making some folks richer and fatter while real talents are not being nurtured through a reliable and committed institutionalised process,.” he said.

Bornu Johnson was appointed coach for the National U-23 and Local National Team in April 2015. He was on a probationary period that ended last month. 


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