Current Gambia U20 coach, Mattar M’Boge, has defended the time he spent in charge as the Scorpions’ assistant coach to Belgian gaffer, Tom Saintfiet.
M’Boge was heavily criticised during his time as senior national team assistant coach with some believing he was influencing Saintfiet into certain decisions, but he believes that he performed well in the role and had no negative impact on the side.
M’Boge started his coaching career in 2004 whilst studying at Loughborough University, where he also gained his MSc. in Multimedia and Computing as well as his BSc. in Computing & Management.
As head coach of the Gambia National Under-20 Football team, he won the 2018 WAFU U-20 Tournament in his first international assignment. This was the first ever trophy at the U-20 level for the country and M’Boge became the first Gambian head coach to win an international trophy and also became the youngest coach to achieve this accolade so far.