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Tom Saintfiet Resigns as Gambia Head Coach After AFCON Exit

Tom Saintfiet

Tom Saintfiet has stepped down from his role as the head coach of the Gambia national football team, just hours after their 3-2 defeat against Cameroon in the Africa Cup of Nations. 

The 50-year-old Belgian coach announcement came after the Scorpions’ lacklustre performance in Group C, which resulted in their elimination from the tournament without a single point.

Saintfiet had been at the helm of the Gambian team since 2018 and played a pivotal role in guiding the West African nation to its first-ever qualification for the Africa Cup of Nations in 2021. 

Despite the team’s early exit from this year’s competition, the coach’s tenure saw the Scorpions achieve a historic quarter-final berth in the previous edition.

The Gambia Football Federation expressed gratitude to Saintfiet for his services and acknowledged his role in the team’s consecutive qualifications for the prestigious tournament. 

In an official statement, the federation said, “Thank you for your service. Tom Saintfiet led our nation to two consecutive CANs, a feat that was no coincidence. We wish him good luck in his future endeavors.”

The resignation comes as a disappointment to fans who had rallied behind the team, fueled by the enthusiasm generated during their remarkable journey to the quarter-finals in 2021. 

Saintfiet’s departure raises questions about the future direction of Gambian football and the process of selecting a new coach to lead the team forward.


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