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GTBank signs D4M contract for Gambian football

Jan 10, 2011, 2:02 PM | Article By: Lamin Drammeh

Gambia for Gold, a fundraising committee tasked with the responsibility of raising funds for The Gambia's participation in international tournaments, on Friday signed a lucrative four-year deal of D4 million by Guaranty Trust Bank.

The signing ceremony, held at the Ministry of Youth and Sports office in Banjul under the watchful eyes of Hon. Sheriff Gomez, according to officials from the country’s third largest bank, was part of their contribution to the fundraising drive.

The bank is expected to contribute to the Gold one million dalasis each year for a four-year period.

"Today we are making history and we are extremely delighted to be part of those who are making history in Gambian sports," said Lekan Sanusi, managing director of Guaranty Trust Bank.

"One thing that is essential in sport is the finance, which is why when this initiative was launched, we were quite happy to make sure we form part of what could be referred to as a timely initiative by the Gambian people," he stated.

"We are quite happy to be part of Gambia for Gold fundraising drive given the fact that we owe a responsibility to the Gambian society.

We thought it is high time to choose something significant and fortunately, we have chosen something that every Gambian is enthusiastic about; that is football, which is fundamental."

MD Sanusi said his bank had committed itself to Gambia for Gold by signing the contract of four million dalasi, a pledge that would be fulfilled in four years, with a contribution of D1 million each year.

In his remarks on the positive development by GTBank, Sheriff Gomez, Minister of Youth and Sports, said: "It is our responsibility to mobilize the whole country to be behind this initiative to ensure that we qualify for the Nations and the World Cups in 2012 and 2014 respectively."

He thanked the board, management and staff of GTBank for their "timely and wonderful" commitment.

The permanent secretary of the Ministry of Youth and Sports, Alieu Jammeh, the head coach of the Gambia senior national team, Paul Put, the director of Youth and Sports at the ministry, Malang Jassey, and the Chairman of Gambia for Gold Fundraising Committee, Tombong Saidy and Minister Gomez commended GTBank for their huge contribution to the Gold.

They also called on Gambians to be supportive of "this worthy course" in the country's drive to reach the highest football level.