By Omar Bah, just back from Dakar
The Senegalese Minister of youths and sports Matarr Ba has disclosed that his country is ready to build a strong corporation with The Gambia in the area of sports.Speaking to The Standard in Dakar, during the closing of a two-week Senegambia youth camp, Minister Ba said his ministry is open to helping Gambia “especially in football”.
Speaking to The Standard in Dakar, during the closing of a two-week Senegambia youth camp, Minister Ba said his ministry is open to helping Gambia “especially in football”.
“I have discussed with Sports Minister Gomez of the Gambia on how we can join hands to help develop sport in Gambia and our discussions have reached an advance stage and we are hopeful that such cooperation will bring mutual benefits to both countries,” Ba said.
He further disclosed that a delegation from his ministry and other sporting federations in Senegal will visit the Gambia very soon to meet their Gambian counterparts to further discuss proposals of collaboration to develope sport in the Gambia.
“I will also like to say that the Gambia and Senegal should understand that the two countries are the same. It is also important to note that Senegal is always open to helpi the Gambia,” he said.
The Minister also expressed his delight over the Senegambia youth camp, saying it will compliment the efforts of the two presidents in trying to build a fruitful relationship between the countries.
Meanwhile, Gambian sports Minister Henry Gomez has also said that Gambia can learn a lot from Senegal in terms of success in sports. ‘They have been to the world cup and the Africa Cup of nations on several times something I would love Gambia to achieve. So it is because of that I want us to learn from them and as well seek their support,” Gomez who was himself in Dakar during the closing of the camp said.