Nov 26, 2009, 11:49 AM
Forty-four people from the
The first batch, led by Mr Ian Stapleton, founder of 'Football Gambia' (FG), a UK based charitable organization geared towards promoting football and education in The Gambia, arrived in the country at the weekend ahead of what promises to witness a series of high-profile programmes.
The high-powered delegation includes Ernst and young employees,
The second batch will arrive in
Among them are Zoh Mnuor (Scouse), Plize Offer and Eganer James, who are all UEFA qualified coaches.
Phil Rostom, a camera man and a production specialist working for the famous Showtime Arabia Channel, Christian Taylor, an arts specialist, Muhammed Akhbar and Billy Wingrove, a freestyle football coach who is working with the Premiership giants Tottenham Hotspur and has the luxury of working with some of the world greatest footballers such as Ronaldinho, Ronaldo and Lionel Messi, are all expected to arrive in town for the high-profiled event.
"We are happy to have all these people on board, to come and share their knowledge and experience with the people of The Gambia and help promote football and education," Stapleton said.
Let's not forget the international free style footballer Billy Wingrove - we are very happy to have him on board, Stapleton told this reporter shortly after his arrival at the
During their stay in the country, 'Football
Medical expert Abdoulie Cham will perform a series of presentations on tuberculosis (TB) to the coaches.
Aside from football activities, the team will engage in community works as well.
This will include painting a large community building in Marikissa and Paper & Plastic recycling building in Fajikunda.
FG has enlisted the support of a UK-based professional hairstylist to run a ‘Barbers Workshop’ for the male Gambian youths. The ultimate goal is to set up a barbershop where Gambian hairstylists can work.
FG will run an ‘
There are other mini-coaching projects going on as well with St. Albans City Youth FC,
While in The Gambia, the team will play 5 football matches in the evening in Brikama, Sittanunku, Gunjur, Lamin and Serekunda.
The excitement is already building around these games, which will attract large crowds.
Commenting ahead of this big event, Yahya Manneh, Football
Manneh, who has been very busy preparing the grounds for the arrival of the delegation, urged all participants to take the training seriously.
The delegation was received on arrival by Kemo Ceesay, treasurer of The Gambia Football Association, to a tumultuous welcome.