children and social welfare minister Fatou Kinteh have praised Gambia Football
Federation (GFF) for staging women football symposium and festival.
During the daylong symposium and festival at the National Technical Training Centre in Yundum, last Tuesday, minister Kinteh said the event was timely and it would go a long way in complementing government efforts in promoting and developing women football in the country.
Mrs. Kinteh applauded the young sportsmen and women for representing the country at national and international competitions. “To ensure the participation of women in sports, we need to enforce laws on discrimination and other challenges,’’ she said.
She urged parents and teachers to involve in sports and support young people to realize their aspirations.
Marcel Mendy, executive director of National Sports Council said they are aware of the numerous efforts and commitments made by GFF in nurturing talents for a sustainable football development. “As a Ministry, we will continue to work with all stakeholders to promote youth and sports especially football’’, he pointed out.
He said the best way to empower and support young people is to invest in sports, adding that their doors are always open for youth matters.
GFF president Lamin Kaba Bajo assured the gathering that his Federation will promote and develop women football in the country. “We recently launched women regional football leagues and participated in CAF and FIFA competitions, school competitions and signed MoU with the Ministry of Basic and Secondary Education to develop women sports in the country,” he said.
EU Ambassador Attila Lajos described football as a global excitement, saying it unites people. He said the European Union is committed in promoting and empowering women football in the country.