VP Touray launches road to Afcon 2022 committee

Sep 1, 2021, 3:17 PM | Article By: Arfang M.S. Camara

The vice president of the Republic of The Gambia, Dr. Isatou Touray on Monday presided over the launch of the National Coordinating Committee (NCC) for the Road to AFCON 2022, on behalf of President Adama Barrow.

The ceremony that took place at State House witnessed the unveiling of the 13-man coordinating committee member which is headed by the minister of Youth and Sports, Bakary Y. Badjie.

Other members include the president of The Gambia Football Federation (GFF), Lamin Kaba Bajo; DPS Technical, MoYS; DPS Finance and Admin at MoYS; Ministry of Finance and Economic Affairs; Office of the President; Ministry of Foreign Affairs; National Sports Council; Gambia Football Federation; Joint Operations Command; President of GCCI; Gambia Sports Journalists Association (SJAG) and Private Influential Personalities. 

Speaking during the launch on behalf of the Gambian leader, Dr. Isatou Turay expressed delight over the progress registered and congratulated everyone for the qualification, marking the Gambia's first appearance in the continent's biggest football competition. 

She assured the committee of government’s commitment to sports development at all times.

VP Touray announced President Barrow’s personal pledge of D500, 000.00 dalasis as his contribution towards AFCON 2021.

She called on all ministers, National Assembly Members (NAMs), directors, vendors, private companies and individuals to also pledge and support the fundraising drive for the road to AFCON 2021. 

Hon. Minister of Youth and Sports Bakary Y. Badjie expressed appreciation to members of the committee for accepting to serve voluntarily.

Hon. Badjie informed the gathering that the 117 million dalasis the NCC is tasked to raise constitute about 75% of the cost estimated to be spent in preparation and tournament participation in Cameroon. 

He reminded people of the huge benefits sports can bring to socio-economic development of people and country. 

GFF president, Lamin Kabba Bajo, highlighted efforts so far done towards preparation for AFCON 2021.

He reminded attendees that sports, especially football is an expensive game and for The Gambia to do well, enough resources is needed to properly prepare the team.

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