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Football Gambia donates to academies

Feb 7, 2011, 2:05 PM | Article By: Lamin Darboe

Football Gambia, a charitable organisation based in the UK, last Friday donated football materials to fifteen football academies at a presentation ceremony held in Lamin Village.

The presentation was part of Football Gambia's contribution towards the development of football in The Gambia.

The donated items included shirts, balls, gloves, tactic board, bibs, and markers.

The beneficiaries are Brikama Football Academy, Jatta's Football Academy, Juffereh and Albreda Football Academy, Muhammed Yahya Jammeh Football Academy, Football Academy, Madiana Football Academy, Narang Football Academy, Nyofelleh Football Academy, Marakissa Football Academy, Sitanuku Football Academy, Essa Football Academy, Mayamba Football Academy, Soma Football Academy and Olympia Africa Football Academy.

Speaking at the presentation ceremony, the country director of Football Gambia, Yahya Manneh, applauded the GFA and its treasurer, Kemo Ceesay, for supporting Football Gambia since the establishment of the academy four years ago.

He also thanked Football Gambia for supporting the community and academies in the country, urging them to continue to render more support to academies for the development of football in The Gambia.

Manneh used the occasion to appeal to the beneficiaries of the donation to make the best use of the donated items.

Kemo Ceesay, the chief executive officer of KGH Sports Football Academy and treasurer of the GFA, said: "The project is easy to start but to sustain it is a big question."

Ceesay challenged Yaya Manneh and his people to do all they could to ensure the project is sustained.

The secretary general of The Gambia Football Association (GFA), Jammeh E.K. Bojang, expressed appreciation to Football Gambia for their efforts in supporting community and grassroots football in The Gambia.

He also encouraged the donors to organise football education courses for coaches and administrators to enhance their knowledge in football.

Other speakers on the occasion included the assistant director of sports at the Ministry of Youth and Sports, Pa Faye Suwareh, and Mamudou Max Jallow, the newly appointed executive secretary of the National Sports Council.