$1.2 million for Gambian football

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This was disclosed by the GFF president, Mustapha Kebbeh, on Wednesday while meeting the press for the first time since the Under-20 debacle unraveled. The president described the grant as “a rare development” in Fifa and “a great boost” to the overall development agenda of GFF.  He announced that a Fifa delegation is due here on Monday as part of the agreement between them and The Gambia on key development matters.

“We have set objectives to pursue and achieve in Gambian football and we have engaged and convinced Fifa on this agenda and God willing this country would benefit a lot, in terms of infrastructure, training and many other areas,” said another official of the GFF who spoke to The Standard on the sidelines of the press conference.

Asked in what form will this money come, another GFF official said the money is not directly coming into the GFF coffers as liquid cash but to contractors working on  development projects. The Gambia has already got approval for the construction of an artificial turf, which the GFF agreed to build in the regions, in LRR to be exact.

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Reacting to this news, a first division club official said: “This is a very good news overshadowed by the U-20 debacle but again, presiding over such important projects requires thoroughness and attention to details, something that was apparently missed in the current crises”.

 

By Lamin Cham

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