The Head of World Football’s Governing body, Joseph “Sepp” Blatter has expressed his commitment to work with the new leadership of the Gambia Football Federation to ensure stability and rapid development of the game in the West African country.
FIFA President made these remarks in a recent meeting with President of the Gambia Football Federation, Mr. Lamin K. Bajo as Guest at FIFA House in Zurich. President Bajo was accompanied to the meeting by his Third Vice President Mr. Martin Gomez.
In a press release yesterday, The GFF re-iterated that President Blatter described the new Leadership of The Gambia Football Federation as a quality Executive and assured The GFF officials of his “willingness and availability anytime” to support and assist the country on matters regarding the growth and progress of Football.
Bajo and team were introduced to the various FIFA packages and programmes which according to Blatter could be fully utilised by the GFF. As per the packages, the release went, FIFA has approved a Technical Assistance Programme for The Gambia by the beginning of 2015 to equip and help build the capacity of the GFF Technical Department.
“The Gambia will furthermore benefit from the FIFA Challenge Project in 2015, which is intended for the less privileged countries to enhance their football development. Blatter disclosed that The Gambia will benefit from this incentive in addition to the already FIFA Assistance Programme and World Cup Bonus. The GFF delegation was later introduced to the various FIFA academic and technical courses, which according to Blatter could greatly benefit The Gambia.”
In response, the release further sated, The GFF president thanked President Blatter for the warm welcome accorded him and his colleague, and his support for the development of Football in Africa. The GFF President further assured him of the continued and unqualified support of the GFF Executive Committee in all his endeavours. “While conveying goodwill message from the GFF, the football family and the Government of The Gambia, The GFF President extended an invitation to the FIFA boss to visit The Gambia at his earliest convenience. The invitation was accepted and time will be arranged later,” the release further intimated.
The release concluded that The Gambian delegation also held a meeting with senior FIFA Women’s Football Development Manager to familiarise themselves with the trends in Women’ Football development and the various opportunities FIFA can offer in this direction. President Bajo and VP Gomez were finally held to various indoor meetings with the different Heads of Departments at FIFA.