Barrow: We need innovative sports sponsorship

Wednesday, May 16, 2018

At a meeting with the 2018 WAFU champions, , President Adama Barrow said there is the need to be innovative to make sure Sports is sponsored, because as he puts it “Sports is very expensive.”

President Barrow cut short his holiday in his home village of Mankamang Kunda to meet the The Gambia U20 boys who returned to Banjul after defeating host Liberia 2-1 in the final of the WAFU Zone A tournament.

“But there are doors that we can knock around the world to mobilize funds in the interest of sports and football. Let us put our heads together so that we can mobilize funds and make a difference for these boys [players],” Barrow told the delegation comprising officials of the sports ministry and The Gambia Football Federation.

He assured that his government will provide the support that football needs to progress and develop. “There is hope for Gambia because there is lot of goodwill around the world for The Gambia.”

The Gambia Football Federation has over the years lamented that the support from government is not forthcoming. On the other hand, the Ministry of Youth and Sports blames lack of adequate funds for not financing national teams.

The relationship between the Ministry and the Football House has not been a good one, but the meeting with the President is expected to open up a new chapter between the two parties. 

Author: Alieu Ceesay
Source: Picture: President Barrow