Football Federation (GFF) President Lamin Kaba Bajo Tuesday led a delegation of
executive committee members and key staff on a conducted tour of three mini
stadiums within the Greater Banjul Area that have benefited from the
Federation’s Stadium upgrading projects.
The delegation visited Stadiums in Bakau, Manjai and Serrekunda West respectively. These three Stadiums will have their football pitches redone and the erection of a durable perimeter fence that has a minimum lifespan of 10 years as well as increase in the capacity of their borehole tanks for sustainable water supply.
The projects are expected to kick-off in January and as a result, Serrekunda West will be closed with immediate effect while Manjai will continue to host matches until January.
The work is expected to finished between three and four months after which matches are to be played in the said venues. The Federation will then begin work at Brikama and Banjul in April and June while Serrekunda East would be done in October so as not to affect their annual Nawettan.
Speaking to the GFF in house medium at the end of the tour, Ebou Faye, second vice president and coordinator of the Stadiums’ upgrading projects said among the three grounds visited, only Manjai can be used for league matches at the moment. “Bakau is not ready and Serrekunda West is not in good shape so we have to close west. Therefore, our impression is that there is work that needs to be done on all the grounds,” said Mr. Faye, who is also the head of GFF competitions.
He said that, there will be challenges in terms of venues for matches, saying Manjai and Serrekunda West were closed last year and this year they will use Manjai until January and then it will be closed for works but Serrekunda West will again be closed because it is not a playable ground.
“We will have to manage without West and squeeze ourselves in other grounds and the Stadium for now.”
Mr. Faye further stressed that Banjul and Brikama are not in perfect conditions and they too need maintenance, noting that Banjul will have its turf replaced with a new one to be installed. “We have been working, that is why we pushed it towards April and if that is not possible then maybe we will have to rehabilitate all the artificial turfs.
He said they want to use a certain type of perimeter fence that is sustainable in all the grounds, standardise them and also do the grounds so that we will have very good grounds around the country.
The tour delegation included competitions manager Baboucarr Jobe, Assistant competitions and logistics manager Mafugie Jatta, Sadibou Kamaso, an executive committee member; Lamin Jassey, General Secretary; Technical Director Sang Ndong and Baboucarr Camara, director of marketing and communications.