Gambia is leaping in women football improvement

Tuesday, February 19, 2019

Renowned German Women football expert whose service The Gambia Football federation (GFF) secured last year for a two-year period (2018-2020) for women football development was with female students of Anne Marie Rivier Upper basic school  in Brikama on Saturday where she introduced discipline, fair play and responsibility in football to grade 9 to 12 girls.

Monika Staab said in The Gambia, everyone love football and when the young girls are coach well, Gambia will have fantastic players in her women national team.

Last November, The Gambia Football Federation launched a two- year women football development project following the signing of a MoU with the Ministry of Youth and Sports in August, specifying the development areas for women football.

“This is girls’ festival in which they are introduced to station training, small sided training and basic technique in football,” Stabb said during an engagement with the school’s authorities and West Coast Region football administrators.

She said Gambian women football need time to improve, saying that they have signed a memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with the Ministry of basic and Secondary Education to scout girl footballers in school, which will also lead to the creation of  girls academy.

Christian Rumplecker, Deputy Head of mission at the German Embassy in Dakar, Senegal said he came to join the activity to see how German projects are working in The Gambia, saying one of their support is women sport. “I’ve seen the passion girls have for football here. Sport is important for health and we will certainly continue to support Monika’s projects.”

Mr. Rumplecker said German is a major development partner of The Gambia and their major focus is to bring job creation opportunities in the country.

Daniel Mendy, a senior teacher at Anne Marie Rivier Upper basic school said football is an important game in the health and growth of the body, saying the school’s sports department is weak because they do not have enough equipment. “Here, we train students on football, handball, tennis and even cricket.”