GFF meets new Sport Minister, discuss way forward

Friday, July 13, 2018

The President of The Gambia Football Federation Lamin Kaba Bajo Wednesday led the Executive committee members of the GFF for a courtesy meeting to the new Youth and Sports Minister Hadrammeh Sidibeh at his office in Banjul.

The delegation include 2nd Vice President Ebou Faye, 3rd Vice President Martin Gomez, Executive Member Bakary K Jammeh and Alhagie Ebrima Faye.

General Secretary Lamin M Jassey, Technical Director Sang Ndong, Finance Director Kemo Ceesay and Women’s Football Coordinator Sainey Sissohore also accompanied the team.

 Also present at the meeting was Permanent Secretary at the Ministry of Youth and Sports.

In his introductory remarks President Bajo thanked the new Minister for accepting to host the GFF delegation.

He congratulated him on his new position and prayed that he is guided well and wished him best of luck.

Bajo briefly enumerated GFF’s programs to Hon Sidibeh and introduced the Federation’s forth coming programs one of which is the resumption of the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations qualifiers for the Senior National team against Algeria in September this year in Banjul.

He said the Federation over the years has had turbulent period because of instability amongst the key players and that he hoped the new minister would police and bring sanity to a game that everyone cherishes so well.

Ex-Co member Bakary K. Jammeh deliberated on the FIFA Forward program and some of the infrastructural development that the GFF has undertaken across the country.

Second vice President Ebou Faye also informed the Minister about the Federation’s intention to professionalise the domestic league in the nearest possible time.  3rd vice-President Martin Gomez dealt with School football programs and the support GFF renders to school Football.

General Secretary Lamin M. Jassey spoke on behalf of the Secretarial Staff, assuring the new minister of their fervent support to his ministry and programs.

He added that the GFF Secretariat under his reign will prepare a detailed program for presentation to the Minster and his team that will encapsulate all GFF activities and how the Football leadership prepares to develop Football across The Gambia.

Responding to the visiting team, Minister Sidibeh expressed his happiness in receiving the GFF and said the courtesy meeting is very timely.

He noted that the issue of Senior National Team Coach is urgent and important and thus a request that he would call on the GFF for a formal discussion on the fast possibilities of securing a coach for the team. “There will be zero government interference in football under my watch”, minister Sidibeh pointed out.

The new Minister said he would definitely work with the GFF to secure financial sponsors for all their programs within the country.

He finally appealed to the GFF to support him for his success in advancing not only sports but also the general affairs of Youths in the country.

Source: GFF

Source: Picture: New Youth and Sports Minister Hadrammeh Sidibeh and GFF officials