May 29, 2009, 6:24 AM
The delegation, led to the Football House by Mr Ba S. Jabbie, included Freddy Bakke, Chief Executive Officer of Senet Holding Company from Norway, and former sports icons from Bulgaria and Belgium including some business executives who are also guests of NORGA International Holding Company Gambia Ltd.
In introducing the delegation, Mr Ba S. Jabbie said the team paid a courtesy call on the GFF president and executive members to familiarize themselves on a friendly note and look at possible ways of networking for the mutual interest of the two parties.
‘GFF is the sole body responsible for all football matters in the country, hence the visitors have a big stake in football; it is prudent to bring them to the house of football,” Mr Jabbie said.
GFF President Lamin Kabba Bajo welcomed the investors to the The Gambia and applauded their foresight to visit the GFF Secretariat.
The GFF President said his Federation is more than willing to partner and collaborate with any entity for football development.
“GFF wants to engage the stakeholders in public private partnership for the benefits of football fraternity,” he added.
He also said any development initiative geared towards football growth is encapsulated in their strategic football development programme.
Mamadi Ceesay of NORGA who is also GFF Football Ambassador, hailed the leadership of the GFF for engaging all stakeholders in football development.
The group also has a strong sporting link with the Brufut community where they have mobilised resources to build a stadium with an artificial turf.
The group includes Nigel Green, a former Crystal Palace player who is the Chief Finance Officer at Senet; former Bulgarian international footballer, Emil Kostadinov, who played for Bayern Munich; Armen Nazaryan, legendary world and Olympic wrestling champion from Bulgaria; and a former boxer, Lyubomir Smeonov, who is also a Hollywood film star.