Speaking to journalists at the Independence Stadium, Saturday, as he presented jerseys to regional football associations on behalf of a donor, Jammeh said for a very long time The Gambia had missed out on this calibre of competent, dedicated and knowledgeable people in football leadership hence the confusion, collusion and confrontations that have been the hallmark of Gambian football in the recent past. .
“For far too long, we have been envisaging that the football fraternity put in place football administrators who can work with government, have a clear understanding of the priorities, policies, framework and programs government has in place. But this has always been difficult to achieve until hopefully now, with the coming of the type of people in the Bajo led committee,” he said. “With their coming, we have recorded a breakthrough in that they have the prerequisites to work with government and other critical partners and stakeholders. Government for one has been involved in the direct funding of football programmes for far too long without realising the desired effects; instead it has been one crisis to the other,” the minister lamented. He said the success achieved in football leadership should spill over to other national sports associations promising that they will get the fullest support from government towards the realisation of the set objectives of both government and they the national associations themselves.]]>