By Ramatoulie Jawo
The Gambia Football Federation (GFF) incumbent President, Lamin Kaba Bajo has on Wednesday launched his manifesto for the August presidential election.
Kaba is seeking re-election in the federation’s elective congress next month.
Speaking at the event Kaba Bajo said the GFF Executive Committee would to be responsible for setting up policies; while the Senior Management Team is wholly responsible for the implementation of approved plans, programmes and activities of the federation.
He said GFF would continue to work towards solidifying the promotion of cooperation between the Government of The Gambia and the GFF; through the National Sports Council/Ministry of Youth and Sports.
Kaba continue that the federation would continue to promote a healthy relationship with FIFA, CAF and WAFU and strict adherence to FIFA rules & regulations.
If re-elected, he assured the public that they would respect the term limit set by the Executive Committee to leave office in 2026; and also introduce reforms in their new term with the creation of the positions of a Vice President for Regional Football and Women’s Football, respectively.
“We will also increase women’s representation in the Executive by co-opting two new members both of whom shall be women,” he added.
Bajo said they would continue to make capacity building the core of their agenda to eliminate the “huge” gap between the number of footballers and trained personnel for proper and sustainable development of football throughout The Gambia.
Recognising the immense contribution of the ventran footballers to the development of football in the country over the years, and the fact that most of them often face medical and financial difficulties, Bajo intends to create a ‘Football Veterans Welfare Funds’ for them.
The funds, he continued would be partly financed from an annual allocation of D1 million by the Federation and active senior national team players would be encouraged to contribute to the funds.
“The funds will be managed by a board of trustees to be appointed in consultation with the National Football Veterans Association and the active players,” he said.