Franky Van de Valde whose been servicing as the Technical Director of Real de Banjul Football Club has been named as the stand-in coach of Club.
The news came barely 72 hours after the club announced that they have parted ways with Alhaji Amat Cham who guided the city club to second place in the 2014/15 league season.
The club’s official statement indicated that Franky will serve as interim coach until the whites can find a replacement for Amat Cham.
“Real De Banjul wishes to announce that Franky van De Velde has been named interim head coach of the club, replacing Alhaji Amat Cham who was relieved of his duties on Monday.”
The statement went on to state that, “The Belgian, who is the current Technical Director of the club, will steer affairs of the team until the end of the season and will serve the team in both capacities.”
Franky returns to the club as the head coach for a second spell after been handed over the position back in 2013.
“Franky is not new to this club and the players, he has been in and around the team for some years and knows everything about our vision,” President William Abraham said.
Abraham added: “He will still remain as the head of the technical team in the capacity of Technical Director despite his new position. We believe his appointment is the best way moving forward.”
Franky’s immediate assistant will be Lamin Sillah and he will also be assisted by Majorr Saine, Saihou Manjang and Ebrima Cham (S.I). Abdoulie Njie serves as goalkeeper coach and Ebrima Camara continues his job as team manager.
Franky, a retired military first Chief Aviation, holds a UEFA B License and was a former football player who played for Sporting Merelbeke, SK Gijzenzele, FC Perk, SK Houtem and KFC Merelbeke.
He started his coaching career in the lower leagues in Belgium where he coached youth players. Franky has also coached in Sint-Niklaas, KSK Lokeren, KAA Gent and SK Lochristi.
The Gent-born has also had the pleasure to work with names like Johan Boskamp, Piet Demol, Rudi Verkempinck, Danny Dhondt, Charly Musonda, Kevin De Bruyne, Emmerik Davriese, Stanly Opoki, Niels Depauw and Albert Martens.
Meanwhile unofficial reports have it that the Banjul based club is in talks with Peter Bonu Johnson who was fired by the Gambia Football Federation after a short spell with home based scorpions, something the GFF described as undesirable.
Franky has a herculean task as Real’s form seems to going down drains despite the pool of talent at their disposal.