Jun 20, 2012, 3:57 PM
Seedy M.B. Kinteh, president of the Gambia Football Association, has admitted he is extremely delighted at Future Travel Agency for its support to the Gambia national U20 team.
The Gambia Football Association (GFA), readers could recall, faced a huge financial problem recently which cost them to struggle to airlift the U20 team for the crucial leg of the qualifiers in Ivory Coast last week.
This prompted the country's biggest football body (the FA) to fight in a bid to raise the needed funds for the team's trip to Abidjan where they made history by becoming the first African U20 team to qualify for Libya 2011.
According to the man at the helm of affairs at the FA, the team's trip to Abidjan was however made possible thanks to the support of Future Travel Agency, who provided the air tickets on credit basis to enable them travel to Abidjan.
"Special thanks should be given to Future Travel Agency for providing the air tickets for the U-20 national team's trip to Ivory Coast after they agreed to give us the air tickets on credit basis," Kinteh, who could not hide his satisfaction following the team’s qualification to the Libya Championship, told our reporter in an interview in his office yesterday afternoon.
Future Travel Agency's support to the GFA, Kinteh went on, did not only stop at providing the air tickets. "The Agency went ahead to provide travelling allowances for every member of the Gambian team; that is also expected to be settled on a credit facility basis at the FA’s bank," Mr Kinteh said.
The FA president also used the opportunity to appeal to the general public, the private sector and individuals to contribute financially to help the FA to settle the winning match bonuses of the U-20 team players.
Kinteh, who began his two-year term as the GFA boss, was also full of praises for the Gambian leader, President Jammeh, for his personal support and concern in making sure the U-20 achieve the desired results during the qualifying campaign.
He also thanked the Ministry of Youth and Sports, as well as the entire Gambian populace, for the support and prayers offered the team during the course of their qualifying campaign.