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GFF secures over US$I.6 million FIFA funding



By GFF’s Lamin Jassey in Moscow

The Gambia Football Federation has secured a funding of over US$1.6 million from the global football body at a meeting in Moscow.

The GFF delegation had a bilateral meeting with FIFA approving $1,627,500 worth of projects for The Gambia at the 8th FIFA Congress and the opening of the 2018 World Cup in Russia.

The Gambian delegation comprises of Mr. Lamin Kabba Bajo, President of The Gambia Football Federation, Mr. Bakary K. Jammeh, Executive Committee Member, and Mr. Lamin Jassey, General Secretary.

The delegation met and discussed with FIFA’s Development Manager for Africa and the Caribbean, Mr. Solomon Mudege and agreed on the ongoing FIFA development support to the Federation as follows:

1. Improvement of football infrastructure in (Banjul, Bakau, Serekunda West, Serekunda East, Manjai, Brikama and the Independence Stadium football fields) valued at $235,000.

2. Construction of new football fields in Kombo North, Kombo South, Serekunda Central and natural grass pitch at Football Hotel in Old Yundum. Floodlighting for Serekunda East and Serrekunda West football fields as well as Brikama and Bakau football fields worth $472,500.

3. FIFA solidarity support for the procurement of football jerseys and equipment for various categories of national teams of The Gambia worth $170,000.

4. The 2018 forward development support to GFF:

A. Organisational areas (support to league and clubs, $177,500); and
B. Sporting area: (capacity building, $38,750);
C. improving football infrastructure (construction of new fields in URR-Wuli/Sandu, CRR-Kaur, LRR-Kiang, West Coast Region-Foni, NBR-Farafenni and swimming pool at Football Hotel, completion of Soma Mini-Stadium pavilion) worth $408,750.

D. Procurement of two luxury buses for the reduction of transportation cost to GFF. Project value $125,000.


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