Some Focus on the Scorpions

Friday, October 10, 2008

We are surprised that the GRTS is yet to do a special focus on the Scorpions. Right now, the Scorpions are getting ready to go into epic battle with the Lions of Senegal. The public is hungry to see how prepared the boys are for this decisive battle with our soccer rivals whom we are about to send packing from the qualifying round of the 2010 World Cup. For such a probable historic event, we expected that the GRTS would have started its focus on the Scorpions a week ahead of the big day – just tomorrow Saturday 11 2008.

The nation needs to be psyched up for the battle royale that the boys are going into; the fans need to feel the mood of the big game; they need to feel as one with the Scorpions. The Scorpions are our warriors, going to battle to preserve our national honour and pride.When they win tomorrow, the nation will be ecstatic.

Being a public broadcaster, the GRTS is better placed to let us know what is going on in the Scorpions camp – who is match fit and who is not? The public will also like to see how they are juggling the balls during training sessions live on TV before their very eyes. That way, even the public would have some insight into the real state of the team. And even make some useful suggestions to the technical crew.

GRTS ought to know that the Gambian public is football-mad, especially when the Scorpions are seen to be about to sting their preys with fatal venom. By not doing anything at all to show what is happening in the Scorpions camp, the GRTS starves the hungry Gambian public of seeing how well the boys are doing ahead of the clash with Senegal.

The Senegalese TV stations are beaming into Senegalese homes what is happening in the camp of the Lions of Teranga. With that, the fans are even more enthusiastic to give their all to the Lions.

By contrast, it is as if nothing is about to happen. This is a big moment in our soccer history. It therefore should be given all the publicity it deserves. And this publicity should have been planned and sustained until the D-Day.

But we hope that after our big victory tomorrow in Dakar, the GRTS would make up for this oversight by celebrating endlessly.