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As GFA Warms Up For Congress In December

Nov 11, 2009, 2:19 PM | Article By: Lamin Drammeh

Female Football Reps Urge Gambians To Retain Current Executive

Sanna Jarju, the Secretary of the female football who doubles as the President of Kinteh United in the GFA Division One female league and his colleagues would like to seize the opportunity to urge the entire Gambian football fraternity to retain the current members of the Gambia Football Association with less than a month before the congress which is expected to be held in December.

"I would like to acknowledge on behalf of my colleagues attached to the female football in the country to re-elect the current executive members of GFA under the inspirational leadership of Seedy M.B Kinteh whose four-year tenure in office expires in December because we are all aware of the fact that Seedy and his team have done a tremendous achievement, especially in the area of female football," Sanna admitted.

One such example, the Secretary of female football noted is that they have on many occasions rescued the female football, such as provision of football equipment like jerseys, football kids, and balls, among other valuable materials, despite their short tenure in office.

Their support, Sanna added, cannot be over-emphasised, given the fact that even the establishment of National Female League is a clear indication of their valuable contributions towards the development of sports in the country.

The GFA, he pointed out, have always been at the helm of affairs when it comes to activities regarding female football and the team is currently preparing to make their first-ever international football championship (WAFU) which is scheduled to take place in the Federal Republic of Nigeria  from 15th to 27th December 2009.

"The entire Gambians would bear us witness that the current GFA executive have lived up to expectations because of the numerous successes they have achieved and continued to achieve in the promotion and development of sports in the country, particularly football which is unprecedented," he stated.

The current GFA executive, according to Female Football Sub-committee, have been instrumental in raising the standards of Gambian football which have also witnessed tremendous achievements and improvement, such as winning two African U-17 championship titles when The Gambia hosted and won their first African U-17 championship title after beating Ghana 1-nil in the final played in Banjul before going ahead to clinch another historic title in Algeria recently.

The current GFA executive, the female football representatives pointed out have achieved three World Cup appearances, such as Peru in 2005, Nigeria in 2009, including U-20 in Canada in 2007, which has been the greatest achievement in the history of Gambian sports.

The Gambia, according to them, have also made significant improvement after helping the senior national team to achieve another historic moment after securing a one-all draw against the neighbouring Senegal for the first time in many years, which eventually eliminated Senegal out of the race for a spot in the African Nations Cup finals, to be played in Angola.

They also underlined the significant contribution made by the GFA, including the provision of high standard and well structured GFA Secretariat which has been recently built in Kanifing South.

This came in the wake of the forthcoming GFA congress and the female football representatives were the first batch that had voiced out their loyalty to the Gambia Football Association in a bid to nominate and re-elect them to tenure in office for the betterment of sports in the country.

The Secretary of female football, Sanna Jarju, on behalf of his colleagues finally used the platform to thank the current executive for the tremendous success they have rendered to the promotion and development of sports in the country.