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‘We have to improve capacity of clubs through corporate governance and finance,’ BK Jammeh

Nov 30, 2016, 10:32 AM

Gambia Football Federation executive member Bakary K. Jammeh highlighted that the GFF’s four-year strategic development plan is also premised on improving the economic and financial capacity of clubs through sound governance and control.

Mr Jammeh in a marathon Power Point presentation to club managers at CAF Club Licensing seminar held in The Gambia recently, said one of the fundamental objectives of the seminar is to ‘promote and improve the quality and level of football aspects in The Gambia’.

He said the seminar seeks to go beyond ensuring that clubs have the appropriate infrastructure knowledge and application in respect of management and organization.

The GFF ExCO-member was presenting administrative, financial and legal criteria instructor as one of the key components of club licensing requirements.

“Certain things must be done to be able to achieve in this domain and as such our level of development cannot be compared to the others.”

He reminded club managers about the 2009 Banjul declaration that, according to him, demanded some requirements and obligations for the clubs to turn professional in management.

‘The Banjul declaration tasked clubs to improve their sporting infrastructure and ensure the necessary compliance in terms of financial and legal,” Baks reminded the managers.

He said the major stakeholders in the CAF Club licensing are the licensor which according to him is the Gambia Football Federation, CAF, the legal authorities and the League cubs.

“The major criterion is that one must be granted a licence and of course there are two types of licence: normal and extraordinary.”

This is the second time that the GFF hosted a major CAF engagement in a year relative to club licensing system.

Other resource persons included GFF deputy general secretary Abdou Salaam Jammeh, who delved on infrastructure criteria and GFF technical director Ebrima Manneh on Club Licensing Criteria.

The daylong seminar, held at the Independence Stadium Friendship Hostel in Bakau, was attended by all club managers.

Also in attendance was GFF ex-co-adviser Alhagie Omar Sey and Sulayman Bun Njie, a member of the First Instant Board (FIB).

The programme was presided over by the GFF president Lamin Kabba Bajo.