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Bajo unveils manifesto, executive line-up

They include ‘Star’ Jallow, a former Gambian international football captain as first vice president, Ebou Faye, general manager of Independence Stadium, as second Veep and Martin Gomez the president of the Secondary Schools Sports Associations as third vice president among others. 

Addressing journalists, Mr Bajo said it was imperative for him to throw his hat into the ring to bring back credibility and confidence in Gambian football.  “I must start by making it clear that The Gambia government has put tremendous efforts to take Gambian football to acceptable standards culminating in the personal involvement of President Jammeh who has a sound proven record of supporting sports and youths affairs especially football in this country. The president encouraged sports not just because of the health benefits but also the economic benefits reaped from it by the youths and by extension the Gambian society as a whole,” he said. 

He said the relations between President Jammeh and the youths of the country are growing as thousands are currently at Kanilai working with him on his farms, which he said is a manifestation of their love for him.

Mr Bajo said his team was cognisant of that fact and is determined and willing to work hand-in-glove with government -one of the most important partners and stakeholders of football in this country. “There must be trust, confidence and transparency in football administration as this is what is expected from all aspiring to lead,” he said.

He said he and his team want to maintain discipline and respect for all people to ensure that the social cohesion and unity of the Gambian sports fraternity are kept intact. “After all, sports is meant to bring us together; not to divide us,” he said.

Mr Bajo said his team recognised the fact that it is only when all stakeholders – the GFF, government, players and the fans as well as international stakeholders such as Caf and Fifa – are united and are working in unison that development can be achieved and everybody satisfied.

He said Gambian football should strive not to have another normalisation committee because “it does not tell well” of Gambia as a nation. “We should be able to manage our own football affairs and get away from the bad image we got internationally. My team would like to assure all that we are the right set of people to fix that problem and make sure that there will be no more normalisation in Gambian football. We are a respected nation despite our small size, so this must be maintained in everything we do,” Kaba said.

Asked how effectively his campaign’s message is connecting with the actual 51 electors of the Gambia Football Federation, Kaba said he was very sure that each of his team members and their entourage are loyal to his campaign and they will reach out to those who might not already be onboard. “We shall reach out to all stakeholders to get our message across and I am sure they will be convinced like those already on board our team,” he said.

The conference was be chaired by Sadibu Kamaso, a senior official of ‘Team Kaba’.


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