May 11, 2010, 1:57 PM
The President of Gambia Football Coaches Association who doubles as the Assistant Director of Sports, Pa Suwareh Faye said plans were underway for the establishment of Memorandum of Understanding between the Gambia Football Coaches Association and the England Football Coaches Association.
"I was able to negotiate and discuss the proposed MOU with our English counterparts during my visit to the United Kingdom recently and the nogotiations are at an advanced stage pertaining to the establishment of Memorandum of Understanding between the Coaches Association of England and the Gambia Football Coaches Association," the former U-17 Head Coach made this revelation during an interview with this reporter at the Serekunda West Mini-Stadium as part of the semi-final encounter between Bakau and Banjul in the ongoing Baby Muhammed Jammeh Zonal Competition on Saturday.
Pa Suwareh Faye who could consider himself as one of the most successful Gambian coaches to guide the U-17 team to its first-ever continental competition in Swaziland a few years ago, however noted that the signing of the proposed MOU is left to the President of the Gambia Football Coaches Association, Seedy Kinteh, who is believed to be monitoring the situation closely in a bid to sign the deal for the betterment of the two associations. The whole thing is in the hands of the GFA prexy, Seedy M.B. Kinteh who is looking forward to see to it that this Memorandum of Understanding is signed between the two coaches associations, which is expected to go a long way in trying to establish contact with the English Football Coaches Association, Pa added.
But according to Pa Suwareh Faye, who was part of the coaching staff of the Gambia national U-17 team that went to the FIFA U-17 World Cup in Nigeria, the coaches association must try to secure C-Licence before they could be allowed to take charge of any national teams or even the 1st or the Second Division teams as part of the rules and the regulations stipulated by the CAF,
According to him, the C-license must be provided so that coaches can be allowed to take charge of national team or the divisional team, noting without the C-license, CAF will not allow any coach to take part in any coaching role being the first, second divisions or the national team.
Meanwhile, the coaches association is expected to meet on Sunday to discuss issues ranging from the signing of the M.OT, C-License, among other things.