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Senegal Official: “Sacking Sarr as National Team Coach Was A Big Mistake”

An official in Senegal’s basketball has described the recent sacking of Chiekh Sarr as a howler.

An official in Senegal’s basketball federation has described the recent sacking of Chiekh Sarr as a howler.

Sarr, in his second coming at the helm, was axed by the Senegalese Basketball Federation following the elimination of its national team in the Olympic qualifiers.

The dismissal, done mid-this month, had been expected but Pathe Keita, head of Guediawaye Basketball Academy, insists Sarr’s removal wasn’t the solution.

“I have often argued, it’s not the occupant of the post but rather the content and the missions. I think that structuring is essential. As for the dismissal of Cheikh Sarr, I think it is a big mistake that the federation made, and that could compromise our 2021 objectives,” he said.

A replacement is yet to be named for the coaching void and Pathe suggests careful study and revisiting to right the wrongs will be crucial for the West African nation to match juggernauts of the game.

“Absolutely, Senegal is still one of the best basketball countries. We can compete with any team in Africa, and even some of the world. Now we need more stability on the bench for national teams. We have to agree to build over time and avoid post-campaign emotions, and the extra-sporting questions that sometimes guide certain decisions.

“The national team is sacred. We have players who shine all over the world and top coaches. Now the profiles you need to the places you need, and try to compose the best team of Senegal possible for each competition,” he said.

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