By Lamin Cham
The Gambia Football Federation has announced it will give its 38 affiliated clubs a total of D4, 0150, 000 this season for preparation and transport costs. The package was announced at last weekend’s club management meeting.
According to GFF, this package comes from its Fifa Forward Development Support, FDS, fund which now replaces the former FAP. ”Under the FDS member associations must come up with a developmental and operation cost budgets that must be agreed upon between it and Fifa. As part of our developmental project we envisaged the need to support our league and clubs which falls under organisational logistics.
We at the GFF know for sure that the surest way to help and develop clubs is to solve their main financial burden which is transports and preparations,” an official at Football House told The Standard.
The break down of the monies will be as follows: All 12 male and 6 female Division one clubs, D50, 000 each.
All 14 male and 6 female Division Two clubs D50, 000 each.
All 12 male Division one clubs, D100, 000 each. All 14 male Division Two clubs D75, 000 each.
“The 12 female Division One and Two league clubs are not given transports monies directly to them since the their transport cost are borne by the GFF itself,” said GFF second vice President Ebou Faye when asked by The Standard to explain why female clubs are left out of the transportation monies.
Abdou Karim Sey, the President of the West Coast Reagional Football Association Facebook comment commended the GFF for the move.
Scores of others commented online generally praising the GFF for ploughing back monies obtained in the name of football to its stakeholders.