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Tuesday, January 26, 2021

Alliance for Advancement and Standardisation of Gambian Football

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Preamble

It is our belief and understanding that this election is a test for building new confidence in a new executive of Gambia Football Federation (GFF) bureau with the mandate to continue running the affairs of GFF Gambia following the unfortunate events that led to the suspension of The Gambia by CAF from all its competitions and the appointment of a Normalisation Committee to organise election for the new executive bureau. What had happened was unfortunate and we have heard well on that. We wish to take from where the ousted executive stopped with renewed effort and great deal of commitment, honesty and sincerity to ensure the lifting of the universal suspension as a fundamental starting point for realisation of our desire to make The Gambia a football nation.

 

After serious consultations and dialogue, the interest groups of Buba Bojang and Omar Danso have resolved to form an Alliance for Advancement and Standardisation of Gambian football and henceforth promulgated this manifesto hitherto called Manifesto for Alliance for Advancement and Standardisation for Gambian football.     

 

The alliance shall be committed to implementing a totally professional approach to managing the football as laid down in strategic plan of the Gambia Football Federation presented at the recently held national football conference that shall have a close parallel to the government sports policy and football strategic plan.  

Despite the geographical vastness, the Alliance shall be overwhelmingly committed to ensuring that the same opportunities are available to all members and regions.

Above all, the alliance in recognition of the effort of the president of the republic as the chief patron of GFF, shall also be committed to supporting the vision and purpose of the president of the republic and the government of The Gambia through the Ministry of Youth and Sports (MoYS).  

During the tenure, the plan will provide the essential framework for ensuring the growth and continual enjoyment of the game. Whilst it is a four-year plan, it will continue to be monitored quarterly and reviewed annually to ensure it continues to meet not only the needs of our Federation but to address the new phenomenon “most go Europe”.

Recently the quest for greener pastures has made thousands of young Gambians many of whom are skilled footballers who do not possess the necessary travel documents – visa – to embark on a precarious journey to Europe with the hope of entering Spain or Italy. Only few survived this trip while a fraction succeeds, even though at the risk of deportation whilst at detention camps. 

The alliance strongly believe that football can address any difficult situation; it is our wish to use football to create awareness, self-reliance, inspired hopes, reassured the next generation of youthful Gambians, that there is better ways one can instead choose. Alliance believes that the dignity of human life should not be compromised for any struggle. We are a small but great nation, hardworking citizens with numerous ambitions to succeed; it is high time we do not leave anything to chance. 

It is in this spirit that the Alliance commits candidature for the 20th September 2014 Gambia Football Federation presidency.

Vision

To create an enabling environment and opportunities for the advancement and standardisation of Gambian football in the quest for achieving excellence. 

Mission

Endeavour to make The Gambia a healthy and vibrant football nation.

Objectives

Ø The fundamental starting point is to ensure that the Caf universal suspension is urgently lifted;

Ø Rebuild the confidence in GFF with all the relevant stakeholders within and outside the country;

Ø Promote and improve the game of football across the seven regions in the light of its unifying, educational, cultural and humanitarian values, particularly through youth and development programmes;

Ø Enhance and promote the community participation and contribution in league football;

Ø Ensure market avenues and opportunities are created for our young and talented players;

Ø Promote and protect the clubs and players general welfare;

Ø Re-enforce and standardize the football management capacities;

Ø Promote and develop the grassroots and youth football through schools and academy football competitions;

Ø Explore all avenues for the provision of the necessary infrastructures for football development in all the regions and

Ø Mobilise funding and sponsorship for all competitions.

 

The GFF atrategic plan

The comprehensive GFF strategic plan harmonised with the relevant government football policies or strategic plan will be implemented upon the approval of the General Assembly.

Relationship with the stakeholders

The alliance will be committed to create and establish excellent working relationship with all the stakeholders in football such as players, members, the Media, NSC, MoYS, WAFU, CAF and Fifa and all other partners for the promotion and development of the game.

Infrastructures 

1. The Alliance will very much commit to closely work with the government, Caf and Fifa for the provision of infrastructures needed for the football development;

2. To facilitate the provision of mini-stadia in all the regions with functional management structures;

 3. Maximise the technical training centre (Fifa Goal Project) through well-defined structured technical programmes in the attainment for excellence in Gambian football.

4.  Work closely with the government and local government authorities to ensure that the regional associations and clubs acquire land space for football fields and stadia.

Finance  

The financial institution of GFF will be well-structured to ensure proper financial management and control.

Marketing, media and communication

1.  The alliance will ensure that the marketing and communication department is reinforced and standardised to attract sponsors and partners for the promotion of our competitions and the game;

2.  In recognition of the vital role played by the media in the football development, will work towards enhancing the capacities sport journalists for effective coverage and cordial working relationship. 

 National league football

The alliance looks forward to national leagues been played in the regions with the advent of standard mini-stadia in the regions.

The low turnout towards national league games is a great concern to GFF the alliance will endeavour to ensure that national league games are keenly and well attended at all the grounds just like the nawettan games, by raising community awareness as to the relevance and importance to national league games.

It is the desire of the alliance to raise the league to semi-professional league in our quest to attract scouts for the marketing of young talented players. 

Elite football 

Club/League football is the life blood of national team excellence meaning game development which describes the need for football development plan to provide leadership and support to this critical part of the game. Therefore we will review the existing club structures and to better support Club Development and Introduce Caf coach/club licence programme. 

Regional football league

The regional football leagues shall be organised and supported in all the seven administrative regions of The Gambia. Henceforth this shall be referred to as third division league. Gradually the champions of the third division leagues shall take part in the qualification round for promotion to second division.

School football 

The alliance in collaboration with Gambia secondary school football Association, MoBSE and MoYS will see to it that annual football competitions are organised among lower basic schools, upper basic schools senior secondary schools and tertiary institutions. The national preliminary rounds will be conducted across the country to be followed by the championship proper which will involve the respective qualifiers.

Nawettans

Nawettan football been the most popular football in The Gambia, will be given full support and assistance interns of building the capacities of the various local organizers whose knowledge in the game are very low and to ensure that train referees officiated all recognised centers. The popular super nawettan will be expanded to include all the major nawettan centres in the country.

Women football

The extraordinary growth in women’s participation in the recent years has changed the face of football in The Gambia. In our view the best years for Gambian football are ahead of us, and we have no doubt that women’s football will be at the forefront of our progress. The strategic plan is set to chart our path forward, so that girls and women can access and thrive in the game as easily as their male peers. And, importantly, this strategy recognizes that it is football’s feminine half who will bring the broad participation and all-round support that is critical to football’s economy and will enable our game to truly prosper.

By building a solid development pyramid, we can offer player development philosophy  that are second-to-none – leading to international alongside lifelong recreational opportunities for women as fans or grassroots participants in the game the country loves most.  

Is to make football the most played sport amongst Gambian women and girls, while supporting the elite women players in senior teams to participate in domestic leagues and on the international stage

Ensuring football is the sport of choice for women and girls at the grassroots level through the promotion of women-only football

Investment in future national teams through the rollout of a skill development program, guided by the newly appointed women’s football coordinator for women’s football

Converting participants into fans by connecting them with their heroes and fostering a true women’s football fan base.

Providing the opportunity for girls to play football through schools, outreach programs and competitive tournaments Not only do such events raise interest and participation, they also underline important social values such as equal opportunities, teamwork and respect.

Players welfare

The alliance has put great concern and commitment to the welfare of Gambian players. By this all players will be formerly and properly contracted and ensure that protection and security of players at both national and international level are safeguarded. The players’ association enshrined in the constitution would play very important role in the promotion of the welfare of players thus the alliance will facilitate the formation of the association.

League clubs association

As part of the empowerment of the league clubs, we work towards the formation of league clubs association affiliated to GFF. This association will see to it that the league clubs are protected and their concerns are address. This will also serve to collectively discuss issues as one body instead of camp basis.

Coaches

The alliance will work very closely with the coaches association to provide adequate and regular training for coaches from grassroots to professional level. As the role of the coaches is very paramount in the development of the game, the national training center will be fully utilised to provide training for local coaches.

Coach education 

The current coaching system needs to be address from good to great. The coach and player development reviewed need to address the major issues in coaching and player development which include fundamental questions around what, how, when and where we teach the game.

We need high quality coaches who can create a learning environment and meet participants’ needs where transfer of the game knowledge to players is considerably possible. To do that we need to

Governance and management

To Re-define the GFF organisational chart that includes new positions (marketing & com, competitions, facilities). Development and implementation of HR tools (staff regulations, appraisals, individual files, etc…) improvement of infrastructure at HQ/TC and upgrade IT material and power supply etc.

Establish a competition department

Its creation wills help strengthen the competition management in matters of players’ registration system. Develop definition of pre-conditions for player’s license (ex. medical certificate). Estimate medical insurance costs for national teams and first/second division players

National teams

The alliance is ever committed to the participation of all the national teams in all major competitions. It is our utmost desire to see that Gambia is in African Cup of Nation and as well World cup in the soonest possible time.

Strengthen the referee’s education under the referee’s manager

The referees been one of the most important sector in football, we will promote and support Referees Education (initiate promising referees programme).

Football is a global sport and its rules must be interpreted and applied with absolute consistency wherever the game is played. As the GFF president I will encourage the ongoing training for our referees to ensure that refereeing standards continue to improve and the laws of the game are applied the same way everywhere. 

Reforms 

We will set standards and appraise procedures such as: 

Referees’ medical assessment text before any competitions.

Players’ medical assessment test before the commencement of the league.

Introduce criteria protocols in recruiting referees

 

Introduce a player’s passport from the age of 13 years.

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