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Friday, September 25, 2020

Girls festival opens with Fifa female football coaching course

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It is being conducted by a Fifa female instructor, Namibian Jacqueline Shipanga who expressed her immense pleasure over the speed female football has developed in The Gambia within the last four years since she was last here to conduct a similar training.

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”Who would have thought that tiny Gambia could make it to the Women’s Under 17 World Cup,” she asked, adding that she came back to The Gambia to help in making and identifying more brains and role models in female football to build on what has already been achieved.

She reminded the audience including GFF president Lamin Bajo and some 28 participants and other officials that Fifa boss Sepp Blatter has a very strong regard and encouragement for female football.

The course instructor thanked the GFF leadership for conceiving the idea to stage such a programme. 

 In declaring the training course open, the GFF president Kabba Bajo thanked Fifa and Caf for support in the project to develop female football. He said already his administration, cognizant of the new realities, had prepared and sent a four-year female football strategic development document to Fifa containing various aspect on female football development

 ‘I wish to assure you that  the GFF wish to conduct this kind of  workshops to assure the young women of the potentials in playing football and the training of coaches is essential for  the quality of female football in the country,” he said.

He pledged his federation’s commitment to the cause of developing women football in The Gambia and concluded by thanking the Gambian leader and the ministry of youth and sports for their immense support to the development of female football. Other speakers included Choro Mbenga, the GFF coordinator for women football and Lamin Marong of the National Sports Council while Technical director Ebrima Manneh chaired the ceremony.

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