Stewardship for President Lamin Kaba Bajo

Tuesday, August 07, 2018

“Team KABA for another four years”

GAMBIA FOOTBALL FEDERATION

A. Profiles – THE TEAM

President

LAMIN KABA BAJO - Grassroots Football Enthusiastic; Sportsman; Soldier; Politician; Cabinet Minister; Diplomat; Kaba played football in school and help formed, mentored and managed many Grassroots Football teams in Brikama. Current President of B.K. Milan Football Club of Bakau, Kaba holds a Master’s degree in Diplomatic Studies from the prestigious University of Leicester, United Kingdom. He is a retired Captain of The Gambia Armed Forces and has held many diplomatic and cabinet portfolios including the Minister of Youth and Sports (1997 -1998) during which he oversaw the organisation of one of the most successful Zone Two football Championships as chairman of the Local Organising Committee.

1st Vice President

BAKARY K. JAMMEH: Finance and Marketing Expert; Industry Leader; Club Owner and Public Administrator. Bakary has been involved in Club Management since 1988, first as Secretary General and currently as Vice President of Real de Banjul FC. Served as Chairman of Gambia Football Association Marketing Committee twice; first in 2005 when he was also chairman of the CAF U-17 Championship Marketing Committee and a member of the LOC in 2005. Bakary also served as vice Chairman of The Gambia for Gold Football Fundraising Committee, Member of CAF Audit Committee 2015 – 2018, currently member of CAF Youth Committee (U17, U20 & U23). He is the former Managing Director of Elton Oil Gambia Ltd, Head of Investment Department Social Security and Housing Finance Corporation, Head of Accounts and Local Administration MRC and Ex-Interim Mayor of the Kanifing Municipality for four Months. Bakary is currently the Chairman & CEO of KaSan Conservation Company, Chairman of the Board of Directors of The Gambia Tourism Board since 2012, Board Member Gambia National Petroleum Company Ltd. Bakary holds a Master’s degree in Business Administration (MBA) from the University of Lincolnshire & Humberside, UK in addition to many Professional Accounting Qualifications.

2nd Vice President

EBOU FAYE: Grassroots & Community Football Champion, Professional Footballer, Sports Analyst, Football Coach, Administrator; Ebou played football at School, 2nd and 1st divisions in the Gambia before moving to Roda F C of Norway in the first division in 1991/92 season. Ebou coached the GPA FC from the third division to the second division. He further coached teams in the 2nd and 1st divisions of the Gambian League and worked as a sports journalist and has a Diploma in Freelance Journalism. He had served as Secretary General for the Gambia Coaching Association and is now the Secretary General of the Banjul Sports Committee. Ebou is currently the Team Manager of Banjul United and the General Manager of the Independence Stadium and Friendship Hotel. Ebou graduated from the South Bank University in England with a Master’s degree in Development Studies.  Ebou is the only Gambian CAF Match Coordinator.

3rd Vice President

LANG TOMBONG TAMBA: A Grassroots Football Enthusiastic; Sportsman; Soldier; Grassroots Organisation Expert: Rtd Lieutenant General Lang Tombong Tamba has served his country with dignity and excellence. He was the Chief of Defence Staff of The Gambia Armed Forces for many years. General Tamba did his middle and high level Military training and civil courses in the Tri-continental country of Turkey, Ghana, Israel, France and Taiwan. He became the first Gambian to be promoted to the rank of General in our Armed Forces. General Tamba has a proven record in sports administration in The Gambia and was the President of The Gambia National Olympic Committee, First Vice President of the defunct Gambia Football Association, Ex-Chairman of the GFA Marketing Committee; former GFA/FIFA Security Officer; Ex-Team Manager and President of Gambia Armed Forces FC; Ex-President National Inter-departmental Sports Association and President of Future-Bi FC Female Team. General Tamba is currently a member of Wallidan Football Club and the Chairman of the Super Nawettan Organising Committee as well as the Vice Chairman of the GFF’s Events Management Committee and a Member of the Marketing Committee.

Exco Member Male

ISHMAEL S. CEESAY: Grassroots and School Football Enthusiast: Mr. Ismaila S. Ceesay is currently the President of School Football Association and the Principal of Bansang Senior Senior Secondary School. He graduated with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Education from the University of The Gambia and also has a Diploma in Management Studies from the Management Development Institute. Mr. Ceesay is a renowned educationist and has spent the entirety of his professional career in the field and is a great enthusiast of grassroots and school football. He was also the Executive Member of the Secondary School Sports Association was awarded the Best Manager by the Gambia Teachers Union in 2009.

Exco Member Female

SAINABOU CHAM: Champion of Women and Grassroots Football Promotion: Ms. Sainabou Cham is an embodiment of women football. She’s passionate, determined, energetic and committed. Sainabou has certificates in Basic Coaching and Sports Medicine. She is an alumnus of the FIFA Female Leadership Development where she did three separate modules in chronological order in Canada, Switzerland and Netherlands. She did her UEFA/FIFA Women in Football Leadership course in Amsterdam, Netherlands. She played football with City Girls and became the Assistant Manager of Eye Tech Optics before returning to the former as its Assistant Coach in 2008 and the Team Manager from 2015 to date. She’s an Executive Member and the Chairperson of The Gambia Football Federation and its Women Football Committee respectively. She is currently the First Vice President of the Women Football Association.

Exco Member Female

MAIMUNA KANTEH: Champion of Women Football Promotion: Maimuna Kanteh is young, determined and enterprising. She has 18 years of practical experience in women football administration. She was first elected into a management position in 2002 when she was elected as the Treasurer of the Brikama Youth and Sports Committee. She is also a member of the Protocol Committee of The Gambia Football Federation and a member of the West Coast Regional Football Association Organising Committee. She had a Olympic Solidarity Certificate in Sports Administration in 2007. She is currently the Female Representative of the West Coast Regional Football Association.

Referees Rep

ALAGI Ebrima FAYE:  A Doyen of Gambian Football and a role model for our referees: Alhaji Ebrima Faye has been involved in football for more than three years and will go down in history as one of the greatest referees to have been involved in Gambian refereeing and Africa in general. Born in Banjul, Mr. Faye started his refereeing surjourn in 1975 as a rookie and four years later rose through the ranks to become a FIFA Referee. He officiated 86 international matches including the A and B categories during his career. He also officiated three CAF Champions League matches in the early 1990s. In 1980, he officiated the WAFU Club Cup final between hosts AS Police of Senegal and Nigeria’s Enugu Rangers in the presence of then FIFA President Joao Havalenge and Secretary General Sepp Blatter. He retired in 1995 and since 2014 he has been the Referees Representative in the current administration.

Co-opted Member

LT. COL. MUSA JAMMEH:  Soldier, Accountant Par Excellence and a Grassroots Football Enthusiast: Musa M. Jammeh, born in Makumbaya village, Kombo North has a Bachelors degree in Accountancy (Magna Cum Laude) from the University of The Gambia and is currently the Director of Finance at The Gambia Armed Forces. He also holds a Technical Certificate in AAT. A former National Team player at both junior and senior categories, Mr. Jammeh captained both Nasir and Nusrat High School teams and later Saraba Football Club before winning a league title with Wallidan Football Club. He also captained Gambia Armed Forces FC and won a league title with them.

He was an Accounts Clerk, Treasury Department under the Ministry of Finance. Lt.-Col. Jammeh is a Platoon Commander, Company Commander,  The Gambia National Army. He served in the GAMCOY 1 Mission in Darfur Sudan, and a Military Observer, UNMEE as well as a Staff Officer, UNAMID.

LT. COL. Jammeh is a Board Member of GAF FC where he also serves as a technical adviser. He is the founder and President of Falcons Football Club who first played in the Serrekunda East Nawettan and now participate in the Kanifing Municipality regional third division league. He is an Executive Committee Member of the GFF and the Federation’s FIFA security officer.

Co-opted Member

SADIBOU KAMASO:  Entrepreneur, Graphic Designer and Football Administrator: Resourceful and enterprising, Sadibou has, since 2013, been General Secretary of Hawks Football Club. Before then, he had served three years as the club’s assistant General Secretary, a position that exposed him to the intricacies of football management and politics.  Besides, he has the Midas touch, being Managing Partner of SA Plus based in Kanifing, The Gambia; Owner and Chief Executive Officer of Creation Plus, a graphic design and printing outfit, also based in Kanifing. Over the years, he has gained valuable and varied experiences as Security Manager at Management Protection Services Ltd in Birmingham, UK; General Manager/Creative Director at UltraSoft Print & Computing; Kanifing, The Gambia; Gambia Country Manager for Mondo Challenge (based in Northampton, UK); Founder/Programme Director of Interexchange Gambia (a student and youth travel as well as volunteer placement organisation); Graphics Manager at DBC Quality Designs, Fajara; Programme Officer/Graphic Designer at Student and Youth Travel Organization (SYTO) The Gambia. He holds a diploma in Law with distinction from the West African Insurance Institute, The Gambia, a certificate in software installations and graphic designs from the SYTO Computer Training Centre.  In addition to these, he also holds the prestigious NVQ Level II Qualifications in communication and Conflict management from the National Open College Network (NOCN), UK.

He is currently studying diplomacy and international relations at the famous Cavendish University in Uganda.

A. Vision and Mission

VISION

“To develop and promote a healthy football community in The Gambia, stabilize and improve the financial and administrative infrastructure of Gambian football and ensure better cooperation between the GFF and football stakeholders, the Gambia Government, CAF and FIFA”.

MISSION

“To unite, stabilize and sustain an upward trend in football development with key focus on qualifying Gambia for CAN and FIFA World Cup”.

OBJECTIVES

1. To continue improving the Technical and Administrative capacity of the GFF in line with the National Football Development Plan to increase the number of trained Football Coaches, Administrators, Referees and Medics.

2. To continue improving Football Infrastructure in the country with a view to uplifting the standard of football throughout the country by rehabilitating existing grounds and constructing new grounds

3. To introduce women football in the outer four regions of the country (NBR, LRR, CRR & URR) and improve the standard of women football throughout the country by assisting the Women Football Association and the Regional Football Associations organize women Football and raise the profile of Women Football throughout the country.

4. To professionalise Clubs and Leagues in the country by assisting clubs to better organize, be structured and financially independent and also improve the management and organisation of the Regional and National Leagues.

5.  To continue improving the financial base of the GFF to make it less dependent on Government and FIFA by implementing Income Generating Projects like the Football Hotel that shall accrue revenue to the GFF and Cost Reduction Measures.

National Football Development Plan (2018 -2021)

The National Football Development Plan (NFDP) is geared towards the accelerated development of all aspects of Football in The Gambia over the next four years. The KABA lead Executive Committee shall pursue vigorously the following key objectives

1. Capacity Building of Coaches, Administrators, Referees & Medics (CARM Project)

2. Technical Development

3. Football Development

4. Infrastructure Development

The KABA Lead Executive Committee shall clearly focus on the following specific objective:

1. Grassroots Football Development

2. Women Football Development

3. Regional Football Development

4. National Football League Development

5. Professional League

6. National Teams Development

7. Income Generating Projects

B. The Promises

“Our Promise 2014 - 2018”          “Achievement 2014 -2018”          “Our Promise 2018 - 2022

1. To build a better relationship, trust and confidence with all stakeholders

i. Football Family

ii. The Government

iii. CAF and FIFA

iv. Clubs and Allied Associations

v. Business Community     A very good and healthy working relationship has been established with CAF and FIFA after the fractured relationship, which led to the banning and normalising period of our football.

The relationship with Government was very bad after the change of government that led to complete breakdown of relationship. With the appointment of a new Chairman of the NSC, the relationship got worst as the NSC overstepped their mandate of setting up an investigation, suspending the Executive and threatening to dissolve the GFF. Since the appointment of a new Minister of Youth and Sports the relationship has stabilised and is fruitful.

The relationship with the clubs, allied and regional football associations has been cordial and respectful.

Teams in the first and second division are now given preparatory money and transport refunds for the first time in the history of our football.

A cordial and respectful relationship was established with the business community by offsetting all the outstanding debts of D8 million inherited by our administration. This has build confidence and trust for a good business relation with the business community.

We endeavour to build trust and confidence with all the football family to ensure sanity and respect.

To consolidate and leverage the existing good relationship with FIFA/CAF/Gambia Government & Clubs/Associations.

Win the trust and confidence of the Business Community and Partner with them to sponsor the various GFF Products and Activities

FOOTBALL CALENDAR

To establish a synchronised Football Calendar that would permanently determine the beginning and closing of the football season. A well-structured calendar would enable the GFF, Clubs and Nawetaan centres to fit their programs and activities within the calendar. At the moment, the lack of a calendar hampers the administrative, technical and all aspects of football organization.

A structured football calendar has been instituted which clearly guides all strata of football organisation in the country.

We have also expanded the Super Nawettan by incorporating teams from Foni and Kombo East. To maintain the calendar as it is instituted

TRAINING OF TECHNICIANS

To train a good number of technicians from 2015 – 2020 i.e. coaches, referees, administrators and medical personnel to enable us meet the challenges ahead. Technicians definitely require high level training both in the country and abroad. Enhancing the capacity of the technicians will be a priority for the GFF as key factor in grass root development of football.

A quite number of coaches were trained ranging from “D”, “C” and first time in the country “B’ License. This has increased the competition, quantity and quality of the coaches.

The Referees, Administrators and medical personnel were trained to increase the pool of technicians.

In 2014 and 2015, 321 coaches for both CAF B’ and C’ licences; 15 administrators, 114 referees and 26 sports medics as part of its CARM project.

There was also a referees training programme held in the LRR, CRR, NBR and URR where 84 local referees took part.

There was also an Elite MA Referees Course where 30 people participated coupled with the seven active and retired referees that were sent for international courses in Africa.

Each year the Kaba-led executive also organises club licensing programmes for our league clubs in order to comply with FIFA/CAF standards.

The current GFF leadership has also appointed Admin & Finance Assistants and regional coaches for each of the seven regional football associations tasked with the mandate to help train youngsters in their respective regions as part of our grassroots football development agenda. Due to its geographic location, CRR and WCR were given two coaches each.   To ensure more coaches are train and upgrade their levels to “A” and “Pro License”.

To ensure we immensely invest in the CARM project i.e. Coaches, Administrators, Referees and Medicals.

Training in the CARM project will be intensified throughout the country to increase the pool and quality of the technicians.  

We will continue to capacitice them in order to meet the demands of modern day coaching.

GRASSROOT FOOTBALL

We will encourage, advocate and implement for more grass root football, which will improve better competition, a better and expanded player pool for selection that will definitely increase and create better results.

A. In collaboration with MOYS, MOBSE and the Schools Football Association, a national school football programme (Boys and Girls) i.e. Lower Basic, Upper Basic and Senior Secondary Schools will be implemented in all the 7 Regions;

B. Youth football will be introduced to ensure and assist divisional clubs to have youth teams that will serve as a feeder to their senior teams;

C. Academies -All the academies will be required to register with the GFF and be regulated;

D. To scout young players (Europe, America, Africa etc) to add to the quality players pool of the country.

Such a well-structured youth football will immensely contribute to the nurturing of young players to pass through well-structured stages of development before reaching the 1st division. It will also address the football age problem and increase the quality pool of players for the national teams.

A comprehensive Youth and School Football Program has been implemented to ensure school football is played throughout the country.

The GFF in collaboration with the Gambia School Football Association has finance the preliminary rounds of the school football competition to Principal Cup Final sponsored by GTBank, which was secured by the GFF.

The best players scouted by the coaches were camped for a week for further training. The elite players are now invited to the Under 17 

This was introduced and started but could not continue due to the clubs financial constraints

An academy manual was developed to guide all the structures and programs of the academies. All academies are now required to register within the Regional Football Association they are residing for ease of regulating and overseeing their activities.

A database of the young players are created to enable us to track the players and integrate within the junior national teams 

In 2014/15, the GFF under the current administration organised a U-15 football competition across the country as part of its grassroots football development agenda.

We have also finalised a MoU between us, the School Football Association and the Ministry of Basic and Secondary Education for the implementation of the school football programme but it still cannot be implemented with the lack of commitment from those at MoBSE.

However, we continue to deliver on our promises by organising annual nationwide school football competitions in both the junior and senior categories for male and female. This is what culminates with the final phase called the Principal’s Cup, which is co-sponsored by GTBank.

We have also seen the proliferation of reserve teams in the country and as a result, clubs like Real de Banjul and Hawks have their reserve teams competing in the second division as it happens in countries like Spain.

This has increased the quality pool of players for the national teams and we have seen in the recent performance of the U-23 Team in a 1-0 friendly defeat of Morocco that the future of Gambian football is bright, thus our commitment and dedication to the course we believe in is paying dividends.      To ensure the Youth and School Football Program is fully implemented to serve as the foundation blocks of Gambian football.

To ensure training of more:

-  coaches

- administrators

- referees

- medics

at the grass root.

Such a well-structured youth football will immensely contribute to the nurturing of young players to pass through well-structured stages of development before reaching the 1st division. It will also address the football age problem and increase the quality pool of players for the national teams.

WOMEN’S FOOTBALL

We would promote, support and assist the development of women’s football with key focus on overcoming the social and cultural impediments that hinder the development of Women’s football and participation and also ensure women occupy administrative and technical positions of all aspects of football.

The women teams were able to compete in all league and FF cup competitions with the champions afforded the platform they deserved.

The Under 17 and Senior National teams were all registered and competed for the AFCON qualifier, which is unprecedented. 

This leadership has also delivered on its campaign promise of making women football development core of its mandate. Today there is an increase of women participation in the domestic game and that has culminated with great performances for our U-17 and National Team, where they both missed on a place in the final round of the World Cup and African Cup qualifiers in the last hurdle, after our teams returned to international competitions this year.

We also continue to build the capacity of women administrators and technicians and by 2016, 24 administrators and 30 technicians were trained by the GFF.

We have also appointed five women ambassadors to promote the women game amongst the conservative Gambian society.

At the end of 2016, the Live Your Goals Festival, a four-year Legacy Programme, has introduced 1,800 girls between the ages of 6 and 12 were in football across the country.  To expand the female league to all regions and further integrate them to the national league.

The female 1st and 2nd division will be increased to ten teams each from six teams.

PLAYERS ASSOCIATION

We will ensure and assist in the establishment of the Players Association as enshrined in the Gambia Football Federation Constitution.

The Player Association has already been established      To support the Association with training and finance to be independent to serve and represent the interest of players

LEAGUE FOOTBALL

i. REGIONALLEAGUE

To ensure a functional, proper and sustainable Regional League in all the 7 Regions by 2016/17;

ii. To ensure a very organize and competitive 1st division and 2nd division league (Male and Female).

3rd division regional leagues are organised in all the 7 regions and the champions of LRR and NBR have qualified to the national 2nd division league.

The GFF will provide for their transportation to and from games across the country.

The 1st and 2nd division clubs has been increased to create a larger player pool and competitiveness of our clubs. To ensure the national leagues reflect its name as national league by ensuring the qualification of regional clubs to the 2nd and 1st division.

To establish an elite professional league which would be financially viable and uplift our football to a higher level.

SPONSORSHIP

To ensure all programmes of the GFF are sponsored by making our football attractive and marketable.

In our first year in office, we were able to secure sponsorship for the league from First Eco Partners while the FF Cup is been sponsored by FI Bank.

The FI Bank also sponsors the Super Nawettan while MGI was sponsoring our National Teams until Government terminated its contract.           We are now developing a sponsorship package for the entirety of the GFF local leagues. The package will be drawn in such a way that the division one, division two, and all other GFF competitions will be defined separately by ensuring the number of games to be played and the commercial benefits attached to it.

There will also be a provision for the main sponsor and the exclusive sponsor.

NATIONAL TEAMS

I. Senior National Team (Men)

II. Senior National Team (Women)

III.  National Men’s U-23 Team

IV. National Men’s U-20 Team

V. National Men’s U-17 Team

VI. National Women’s U-17 Team     Following our disqualification from all football competitions by CAF and FIFA, we were able to reinstate our national teams and clubs in those competitions. More than two years without competing had a negative effect on the National Team, meaning we had to start from afresh and recent results have shown a steady improve for the Team and we are hopeful that the recent appointment of the proven Tom Saintfiet would ensure greater progress for the team.

The Senior Women’s Team participated in the AWCON qualifiers for the first time in 2018 and defeated powerhouses Burkina Faso before missing out to Nigeria in the last hurdle.

Our Men’s U-23 Team will for the first time, since we took over, participate in the Olympics qualifiers, which will be the first time since the 2008 Games in Rio.

The U-20 Team for the WAFU Cup for the first time in the history of this country at any category by defeating hosts Liberia in the finals in 2018.

Our U-17 Team is also returning to competition when the qualifiers get underway in Senegal in September this year. In anticipation of that, we have appointed proven youth developmental coach and former National Team player Mr. Abdoulie Bojang as the coach. In collaboration with The Gambia National Olympic Committee, Mr. Bojang was also sent on a three-month coaching course in Hungary.

For the first time since 2012, the U-17 Team returned to competitive action when it played in the qualifiers for the World Cup. Several international friendlies were organised for them and that has resulted to positive outcomes when we defeated Sierra Leone in the early parts and lost to Ghana in the last hurdle.        The National Team has been rebuilt by bringing so many professional players either born or grow up in Europe together with established national players signing with top leagues across the global, and the progress made at youth level the Kaba led executive has a target of securing Gambia its first ever qualification to the African Cup of Nations in either 2021 or 2023.

With the performance in the last qualifiers, we hope to go better by ensuring qualification in the next four years.

With the talent at its disposal, the target is to ensure a place in the final phase of the Olympic qualifiers. We hope that this particular age group has the players that would finally secure us a place in the African Cup at senior level.

To build on the WAFU Cup triumph and secure a place at the U-20 Nations Cup in 2021.

Since this particular age category hasn’t competed for a very long time, the short-term target is to get a place in the semifinals of the WAFU Zone qualifiers and qualification to the African Cup in the next three years.

To make progress on the last qualifiers by ensuring a place in the African Cup of Nations within three years.

Major Achievement

1. A very good and healthy working relationship has been established with CAF and FIFA after the fractured relationship, which led to the banning and normalising period of our football.

2. A structured football calendar has been instituted which clearly guides all strata of football organisation in the country

3. Quite a number of coaches were trained ranging from “D”, “C” and first time in the country “B’ License. This has increased the competition, quantity and quality of the coaches.

4. A comprehensive Youth and School Football Program has been implemented to ensure school football is played throughout the country.

5. The GFF in collaboration with the Gambia School Football Association has finance the preliminary rounds of the school football competition to Principal Cup Final sponsored by GTBank, which was secured by the GFF.

6.  An academy manual was developed to guide all the structures and programs of the academies. All academies are now required to register within the Regional Football Association they are residing for ease of regulating and overseeing their activities

7. The Player Association has already been established

8. 3rd division regional leagues are organised in all the 7 regions and the champions of LRR and NBR have qualified to the national 2nd division league.

9. The 1st and 2nd division clubs has been increased to create a larger player pool and competitiveness of our clubs.

10. The female 1st and 2nd division were increased to ten teams each from six teams. They were able to complete all league and FF cup with the champions afforded the platform they deserved.

11. The Under 17 and Senior National teams were all registered and competed for the AFCON qualifier, which is unprecedented.

12. As a reward for our commitment to the course we undertook when we came into office, the U-20 Team this year won the WAFU Cup of Nations for the first time ever in Liberia.

13. The National Technical Training Centre (NTTC) has been rehabilitated and transformed to 3 Star Football Hotel

14. Proposal for Infrastructural Development:

a. Soma Mini Stadium – First Provincial Modern Football Stadium (Artificial Turf completed, Pavilion in progress)

b. Up grading six (6) Mini Stadiums to standard in progress (Banjul, Bakau, Serrekunda East, Serrekunda West, Manjai and Brikama)

c. Lighting Project for four (4) Mini Stadiums in progress (Banjul, Serrekunda East, Serrekunda West and Brikama)

d. Refurbishment of the National Technical Training Centre (NTTC)

Source: Picture: Lamin Kabba Bajo