Women’s football development project launched

Wednesday, November 07, 2018

The Gambia Football Federation Monday launched a two- year women’s football development project at the Football House in Kanifing.

This is sequel to the signing of a MoU by the Minister of Youth and Sports Hon Hadrammeh Sidibeh on 29 August specifying the development areas for women’s football in The Gambia.

The launch will secure the services of renowned Women’s football expert Monika Staab to stay with the Gambia Football Federation for a two year period (2018-2020).

Monika was in the country last year for the second time on a two-month women’s football program. The GFF and its partners initiated the long term project that ushered her return to the Smiling Coast for the third time.

Speaking at the occasion, GFF President Lamin Kaba Bajo described the event as historic and said it’s an important project for The Gambia Football Federation.

 ‘We worked on this project a year ago and it is launched today and we are all happy that we witness the day’.

Mr. Bajo thanked the German government through the Germany Foreign Affairs Office and The Gambia government for the support in making the project a reality.

He informed the gathering that Germany government has taken responsibility to fully fund Monika Staab’s two year stay in the country.

He assured Monika of Football House’s undiluted support to her cause.’ We will create an enabling environment for you, as we did last year’.

A representative of The Gambia National Olympic Committee, Ousman Wadda thanked the renowned women’s football expert Monika Staab for her dedication in promoting women’s football in the country.

He assured Monika of GNOC’s fullest support to the initiatives.

Also speaking at the launch was the Minister of Youth and Sports Hon Hadrammeh Sidibeh, who hailed the GFF for their efforts to promote women’s football in the country.

‘I am really impressed with the level women’s football is taking in the country. This is great and I want to commend the GFF for that’.

Hon Sidibeh assured Monika and the GFF that his Ministry will continue to support their initiatives all the way.

Director General for Africa Affairs at the Germany Embassy in Dakar Dr Philipp Ackermann said giving girls the opportunity is so enormous and a lot of positive things could be derived from it.

‘Monika is a world class coach and The Gambia can benefit hugely from her technical know how’.

Dr Ackermann described the relationship between the Gambia and Germany as positive.

‘This is reflective of the partnership Germany has with the Gambia and our friendship is big’.