Mar 2, 2016, 11:06 AM
According to a press release from the Gambia Football Federation, GFF, following the fact-finding and consultative nationwide tour embarked upon by the executive of the GFF executive in November 2014, an activity implementation programme was promised to the regional associations in the drive to achieve full autonomy as part of the new football dispensation.
Consequently, the GFF executive recently directed the Gambia Football Coaches Association and Gambia Referees Committee to embark on the regional training of coaches and referees to establish and implement the D Licence coaching and basic training on the laws of the game, which are pre-requisites to football development.
The two allied associations kicked off their regional tour which concluded yesterday, Tuesday 20th January 2015, on 9th January 2015 at separate regions.
The coaches association led by the president, Pa Suwareh Faye, started the outreach programme in the North Bank Region and went up to the Upper River Region. The referees committee led by the chairman, Alhagie Faye, will conclude its first phase in the Central River Region (CRR) after beginning the tour in the Upper River Region. The second phase of the referees training session would be done later.
The countrywide tour also included the GFF technical director Ebrima Manneh and GFF referees manager Alhaji Adama Mbye.
Other resource persons included CAF coaching instructor Lamin Sambou, the national teams goal-keeper trainer, Alhagie Marong, and Matarr Mboge, among others. Abdoulie Sowe and Abdoulie Jallow were also in the team for the referees’ team on tour.
Other thematic areas during the tour included theoretical and practical sessions on aspects of the game, and to further help the regions on how to form and administer their own coaches and referees committees.
“The GFF ExCO takes this opportunity to once again thank the regions for the reception and their active participation during the training sessions, and further solicits their support for further regional outreach programmes ahead”, the release ended.