24th edition DCE – Mamadou Sonko (coach Thiès): “We are satisfied with the small category but disappointed to miss the Senior final at home…”

24th edition DCE – Mamadou Sonko (coach Thiès): “We are satisfied with the small category but disappointed to miss the Senior final at home…”
24th edition DCE – Mamadou Sonko (coach Thiès): “We are satisfied with the small category but disappointed to miss the Senior final at home…”

Coach of the Thiès team which was unable to reach the team final while playing at home (Mbour), Mamadou Sonko spoke of the disillusionment of not having achieved the main objective which is to win the trophy after five years of drought. Furthermore, after showing his satisfaction in the small category, the coach hopes to console himself with a third place in Seniors to close the tournament.

The elimination of Thiès for the Senior team final? It’s a big disappointment for us because given that the competition is organized at home, the ideal would have been to win it. Unfortunately this is not the case. But we will try to grab 3rd place tomorrow (Sunday). It would be really good (…) We had to make a rigorous selection with the best wrestlers of the moment. In the 100kg category, we had the choice between Yérim Ndiaye and Ndiack Sène. The latter was the first choice but unfortunately he was injured and we had to replace him with Yérim. In the +100 kg category we had Toubacouta but unfortunately he did not consider it necessary to compete because we had already lost the first three fights. He therefore saved himself for the individual competition. How do you judge the results obtained by the small category? We are satisfied at this level because we were able to achieve two finals in 45 and 55 kg (Boys). At the 50 kg level, we must compete for third place this Sunday. An assessment of the organization of the tournament? I think the commission did its best this year. We did two one-week groupings and it was at the end of these groupings that we made a selection to define the wrestlers who will participate in the final phase. It happened like that and I think we had good organization.”

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