Sunday, June 3, 2012

Mancini blames ‘attention’ in draw against Morocco

Gambia coach Liciano Mancini speaking to journalists/photo:MSJoof

Gambia coach, Luciano Mancini has blamed his players’ lack of attention as the missing thing which earned Morocco a point in the opening of the Brazil 2014 FIFA world cup qualifying rounds.

The Scorpions played a 1-1 draw with the Atlas Lions at the Independence Stadium in Banjul on Saturday, and Mancini, who is satisfied with the results, said concentration was missing when Morocco equalized. 

“The thing missing from the team was attention when the Moroccan goal was scored,” Mancini said during the June 2 post match press conference. 

“The beautiful thing was that in the second half, the Gambia played the best football. We have tried all our best to be very much attentive to the Moroccans and the boys have done well. Not only the defence but the whole team played well. I thank you all for the help,” he added.

I am very much satisfied with Gambia’s response to Morocco, he said, arguing that “We all know that Morocco is a big team.”

The Italian coach who took over from Gambian Bonu Johnson after only one match claim he satisfied Gambians with Saturday’s results.

“I am very happy because even if we didn’t win we believe we have given great satisfaction to the Gambian people,” he said. We all wanted a victory but the performance of the boys was excellent both technically and tactically. I believe even though we didn’t win we have shown our quality.”

By Modou S. Joof

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