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League clubs calls for Gov’t Intervention to improve GFF leagues

Aug 12, 2014, 10:15 AM | Article By: Lamin Darboe & Adama K. Jallow

The Gambia Football Federation league clubs have urged government to support clubs in a bid to improve the standard of the Gambia Football Federation divisional leagues and Gambian football at large.

The clubs made these remarks at the National Football Consultative forum organised by the Ministry of Youth and Sports and National Sports Council held at the Friendship Hotel at the Impendence Stadium in Bakau.

The vice president of Real De Banjul FC, Bakary Jammeh, said clubs “are not financially strong”. He also said Real De Banjul were formed in 1967 and have won ten league titles and three FA Cup titles, adding that Real De Banjul are a limited liability company with a senior academy.

The secretary general of Brikama Youth and Sports Association (BYSA), Alagie S. Darboe, said Brikama United was formed in 2003 by the former president of BYSA, Lamin King Colley, adding that Brikama United are a community club funded by BYSA through funds from Nawettan.

He said they however have some financial constraints even though the club is owned by the community of Brikama.

Darboe added that the club won the first-ever league title in the 2010-2011 season and represented the country in the 2012 CAF Champions league but were eliminated in the second round by CAF Champions league holders Esperance of Tunisia.

For his part, the secretary general of Banjul Sports Committee, Ebou Faye, said Banjul United was established by Banjul Sports Committee in 2010 whilst they are also sponsoring Star Light at the same time but with limited finances the Committee decided to support Banjul United.

He added that because 90 per cent of Banjul players were not playing in the GFF leagues, which resulted in the formation of Banjul United.

Mr Faye stated that most of Banjul United players are Banjulians with two players from Kombos, adding that the club is bracing up for the FA Cup final against Hawks come Saturday at the Independence Stadium in Bakau.