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Former Togo and Malta national teams coach Tom Saintfiet is said to be leading the pack of favourites to take the coaching reins at Gambia national team, the Scorpions.

A highly placed source close at Gambia Football Federation (GFF) confirmed that the 45-year-old Saintfiet could be announced at the end of this week.

Saintfiet is already in Banjul, where he is currently locked up in final negotiations with the federation officials.

“Saintfiet has worked in Africa before, where he wrote a successful story with Togo, where he spent two fruitful years. He would come in handy to help Scorpions reach greater heights,” a source told Soka25East.

GFF president Lamin Bajo could not confirm that they have contacted Saintfiet for the coaching job, saying the football body could have an idea on who they are eyeing before the end of the month.

The much traveled Belgian coach was fired from his previous job with Malta national football team in April this year after reports emerged that he had applied for the vacant Cameroon national team job.

In his stint as Malta coach, Saintfiet only watched the team in three matches with the first being against Estonia where his team lost 3-0 with other two consequent matches being goalless losses.

Since injury ended his playing career,the UEFA Pro qualified coach with a wealth of experience in international football, has worked as national coach of several countries, mostly in Africa and Asia.

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