The Gambia is in grief as their former player and head coach at several categories, Peter Benoit Johnson has died at the age of 56 in the early hours of Sunday the 28th, after a protracted illness.
According to gambiaff.org, Mister Lamin Bajo, president of the Gambian Football Federation, came to the harsh reality after confirming the news from the Johnson’s family and in his own words said: “It is with a heavy heart and regret that I announce the passing of former Gambia national team coach Peter Benoit Johnson”.
“I have just been informed about his death. He contributed immensely to the growth and development of football in the Gambia and his death is an irreparable loss to our game and the country at large. I pray for Allah to have mercy on his soul”.
The words of mister Lamin Bajo can only be described as a worthy homage to one of the greats to say the very least.
Peter Pierre Benoit Johnson was born on the 10th of May 1963, in the town of Banjul, Gambia. He would be remembered as a rock solid defender who possessed outrageous defensive skills in his playing days.
Johnson played a decade and one year for the Gambian national team – gathering 34 appearances and scoring 4 goals in that period.
Johnson then took his on field technical know-how to an off field tactical know-how, becoming an assistant and the head coach for the Gambia from 2004-2008, and latter 2012-2013.
He then masterminded that unprecedented run of the Gambia U-20 side to Canada which was seen by many as a ‘fairytale’ in 2007. Johnson once more landed the job as coach of the Gambia in a short spell; from January 2012 to May 2012. The tactician was sorted once more by his country in 2013 and he accepted the call from June 2013, to 15th May 2015 when he left his position.
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Peter Pierre Johnson forever remains a legend in the game not only in the Gambia but in the rest of the African continent.