Jul 26, 2013, 10:19 AM
Two Gambian football clubs, Steve Biko and Gamtel, have been confirmed by the Gambia Football Federation, GFF, to compete in the Caf inter –clubs championship 2014.
Biko, who won their first league title last season, will take part in the lucrative Orange champions league, while Gamtel will run for the Caf Confederation Cup.
The Confederation of African Football, Caf, had set November 30, this Saturday, as the deadline for the national associations to confirm engagement of their clubs in the competitions.
As the deadline looms, The Point yesterday contacted the GFF on the fate of the two Gambian clubs.
GFF President Mustapha Kebbeh said they have long since confirmed that Biko and Gamtel will compete, and the two clubs were written to that effect and are currently working on their own preparations including their registration list of 30 players in January, and so on.
Under the present arrangement, clubs wishing to compete in inter-club competitions must fund their programme, with the GFF only responsible for indemnities of and accommodation and other expenses of match official in the case of home matches.
Accordingly, league champions Steve Biko have since launched many fund-raising drives, often crying out for sponsorship to embark on this crusade to represent The Gambia in this elite African club championship.
‘’Many a time, talented Gambian players and good teams are denied going further in this competition because of lack funds. We have a crop of young and talented players ready, and all what is needed is good sponsorship or partnership as Gambia’s representatives, and we are sure we shall not disappoint.
“This is a national affair now and we are calling on all to come forward and give us partnership to put Gambian football on the continental map‘’, a Biko official told The Point yesterday.