GS Jassey laments GFF national teams funding

Thursday, March 22, 2018

Gambia Football Federation (GFF) General Secretary has said the trend in which the country’s football governing body is financing national football teams is worrying.

Speaking to the press on Wednesday during his first interface since his appointment in January, Lamin Jassey said government should be responsible for the financing of all national teams because “the teams are representing The Gambia.”

Mr. Jassey said funds coming from FIFA that is indirectly used to finance the teams should rather be used to develop the game at grassroots level and the upkeep of the GFF Secretariat. To him, it is not a pleasure for GFF to spend FIFA funds to finance the teams. “It is important for the public to know that GFF is moving to the extreme to finance the teams.”

The Youth and Sports ministry has been blaming their inability to fully fund various national sports teams to financial challenges but Mr. Jassey called on the government to support the football authority by assuming their rightful position in the promotion and development of football. “I will do everything within my capacity [as General Secretary] to improve football administration in the country,” Jassey, who signed a four-year contract with GFF last January, declared.

The National Team is currently preparing for a test match against Central African Republic tomorrow, Friday at the Independence Stadium kicking off at 5pm.

Mr. Jassey was asked why the team is in camp at Paradise Suites Hotel when there is already a GFF Hotel where millions have been spent; he said the hotel is still not ready as there should be swimming pool and other facilities. He promised that next time the team is playing; the players would be camped at Football Hotel.

However, he could not reveal how much the GFF is paying to camp the players at Paradise Suites Hotel.

On the issue of women football, Mr. Jassey said the Lamin Kaba Bajo-led executive is very committed to the development of women football, explaining that at the last Women’s Football Forum in Marrakech, The Gambia was used as a model, unlike other countries that have no women football leagues.

On his appointment by the GFF that critics said was as a result of his relationship with the current GFF leadership, Lamin Jassey dispelled that, saying those were misconceptions and misleading comments by detractors.

 Jassey, who served as GFF administrative secretary some years ago before traveling to the United Kingdom said there is no one who is more qualified than he in football administration.

He used the interface with the press to disclose plans of restructuring the Marketing Department and other areas to better promote the domestic league. “We are working on getting sponsors for the leagues.”

On the relation between GFF and the Ministry of Youth and Sports that has not been a good one, he vowed to use his office to better the relation between the two entities. “On our end, the GFF President Lamin Kaba Bajo has shown their commitment to cooperate with the Government.”

Author: Alieu Ceesay