Infantino promises to increase support to The Gambia

FIFA President Gianni Infantino accompanied by Secretary General Fatma Samoura on Monday 7th January 2019 visited the Gambia as guests of the Gambia Football Federation.

In welcoming the FIFA team at the GFF Secretariat in Kanifing, GFF president Lamin Kaba Bajo said the Gambia and its stakeholders are proud to have received such a high profile FIFA delegation to the Gambia.

“We are honoured and proud to receive the President of FIFA Gianni Infantino accompanied by our sister and Secretary General Fatma Samoura and the FIFA delegation to the Gambia.”

Mr Bajo took the FIFA President on a tour of the GFF Offices in Kanifing upon arrival where Infantino and the FIFA team briefly interacted with the GFF Staff. The FIFA team was escorted to Banjul where Infantino was scheduled to meet with His Excellency Adama Barrow at State House.

Being an ardent football fan, Barrow received the FIFA Boss and delegation with open arms describing the visit as historic: “This is a historic visit because for the first time in New Gambia, we have a FIFA President to visit us”.

He congratulated the football family and singled out GFF President Lamin Kaba Bajo for the tremendous work he is doing for football development in the country.

He called for a stronger partnership between FIFA and GFF while assuring of his government’s contribution to the development of the game. President Barrow solemnly asked FIFA to stand by the Gambia and increase their support to the country. “The size of the country does not matter but instead what can be done to achieve our objectives and therefore we still appeal to you because you have the Executive powers to help us more”.

President Barrow said as a government, he will do all means possible to continue supporting football growth and development in the Gambia  although resources are meagre.

Mr. Infantino expressed delight at meeting the President revealing that he is impressed with the developments taking place in football in The Gambia.

The FIFA President assured of the global football body’s continuous support to The Gambia while appealing to the President to also continue supporting football development in the country.

The FIFA delegation later held a stakeholders meeting at the Football Hotel in Yundum shortly after a conducted tour of the hotel facility. He told stakeholders of FIFA’s gratitude to the Gambia Football Federation and its readiness to continue supporting football development in the Gambia. He heaped praises on GFF President Lamin Kaba Bajo and team for doing an exceptional good job.