football expert, Monica Staab, has described the President of The Gambia
Football Federation, Mr. Lamin Kabba Bajo, as the most passionate and
hardworking African football association President in his for love of the game,
women football in particular.
Stab, 58, a former Germany international who also played for Paris Saint German and Queens Park Rangers as well as managed the Qatari national side and women Bundesliga side FFC Frankfurt, was speaking on Thursday at the opening ceremony of a four-day coaching course for physical education teachers organised by the GFF at The Gambia Football Federation Hotel.
“I’ve not seen a President [of a football association] in Africa who is more passionate and hardworking in this field than the President of the GFF,” Staab, whose five decades career as a journey woman footballer and expert, took her to more than 75 countries in the world, including Africa told the gathering.
She challenged the physical education teachers to translate whatever they would learn during the course at their schools, noting that she’s seen many talented women footballers in The Gambia who want to play the game and have a lot of potential to go far.
Lamin Kabba Bajo, the GFF boss, for his part, said since he took over the mantle of its leadership, the Federation attaches significant interest in women football development, adding that the German football expert is in the country to share her decades of experience with us. He told the trainees that Staab’s endurance and energy will be felt by all.
“This is another beginning in the long-term partnership between The Gambia Football Federation and the German Olympic Movement through Monica Staab. We want to collaborate with all our partners for sustainable development. We have done a lot in the last three years but more needs to be done to narrow the gap with men’s football,” he said.
Rtd. Captain Bajo also noted that GTBank sponsors the final phase of the national school football championship which is dubbed the Principal’s Cup but since the School Football Association is facing challenges in the sponsorship of the upper basic category, which is not sponsored by the Bank, the Federation will henceforth take over its sponsorship.
Martin Gomez, third vice president of the GFF and honorary life president of School Football Association said for the first time in the history of the country, our national U-17 team is made up of active students. This, he added, is as a result of the success story of the Principal’s Cup that begins with a national championship across all the regions.
The second vice president of School Football Association Ousman Kebbeh said his association will continue to partner with the GFF since a lot of benefits are derived from the collaboration. “I wish to also condemn, in the strongest terms, the recent actions been apportioned to the GFF and the football leadership from the National Sports Council.
We are in solidarity with the GFF and on
behalf of my president and School Football Association, we are in terms with
the GFF and we will continue to work in harmony,” he added.