young Gambians who attended the 2018 FIFA World Cup final in Russia have
returned home with accolades after their sterling performance in Football for
Abubacarr Jawara, a young journalist and Ebrima Kinteh, a footballer both 12 years-old are the first teenagers from The Gambia to attend such a big event.
The pair attended the 6th edition of Football for Friendship organised by Gazprom and FIFA, the largest cultural and humanitarian children’s program in the world.
They also had the opportunity to spend a week in Moscow and took part in an international football tournament, workshops on human values in sport in the presence of the biggest football stars in the world and also participated in inaugural match of the World Cup 2018.
Despite Gambia’s early exit at the tournament, young star Kinteh put up an astonishing performance after notching 5 goals in three matches.
Abubacarr Jawara was among the top 6 young journalists and received a prize for his hard work. All young F4F participants also graced the opening match of the 2018 FIFA World Cup between Russia and Saudi Arabia.
Viktor Zubkov, chairman of Gazprom’s Board of Directors said one of the most social responsible companies in the world, Gazprom always supported children’s sport and football. He revealed that the tournament is considered as the most popular sporting activity in the world, noting that is the best to unite people from different backgrounds.
He stated that the tournament also gave opportunity to make new friends, saying that the tournament attracts more than 4, 000 children. He added that they convinced over 3 million supporters.
The special guests included officials from the Russian government, the Russian Olympic Committee, FIFA, heads of Football Federations, star Footballers, Olympic and Paralympic champions as well as public figures.