Football Federation (GFF) yesterday signed a sponsorship agreement with
PetroGas; an Irish company that operates a number of filling stations in the
country, which will allow the gas company to give six months sponsorship of
grassroots football development in the country.
Held at the PetroGas head office in Banjul, the agreement will compass a wholesome sponsorship of one hundred and eighty thousand dalasi and 250 T-Shirts but the fund will be disbursed on monthly basis with thirty thousand dalasi each month.
PetroGas Managing Director Lang Conteh said they have always associated themselves with football since the time when the company was called Shell Marketing. He expressed their readiness to continue supporting GFF and anything associated with sport.
Sebastian Thomas, PetroGas Director of finance expressed delight for their company’s contribution to the country’s sport development, especially women football.
Monica Staap, a women football expert from Germany working with GFF said without PetroGas’s sponsorship they could not have made 150 girls happy with the commencement of the project.
Lang Tombong Tamba, GFF third vice president responsible for the growth and development of grassroots football noted that GFF have a vision to develop youth and grassroots football, adding that many a time blame is casted on GFF for the senior national team’s failure to qualify for major tournaments.
He said little did those blamers realised that something needs to be done before Gambia can see herself at that level, saying that was why GFF decided to come up with a programme to develop grassroots football because that is the only way the country can succeed in football.
Mr. Tamba said they also aim to equip footballers not to only benefit the nation by playing for the country but to also benefit themselves, financially and to play for big clubs, saying the sponsorship will benefit GFF, PetroGas and grassroots players.
Lamin Kabba Bajo, GFF President said potentials in Gambian women football is visible, adding that the sponsorship will go a long way in helping them achieve their goals.
Mr. Bajo appealed to other private institutions and companies to emulate PetroGas in contributing to youth and grassroots football development, saying football is now beyond merits and pleasure but a business.