GFF Begins Search To Unearth New Women Footballers

Wesley Lower Basic School

Source GFF-The Gambia Football Federation (GFF) on Monday January 28 launched its women talent search at schools level with the objective of unearthing new talents that would represent the country at both national and international level.

This came at the backdrop of the long-awaited MoU signed between the GFF and the Ministry of Basic and Secondary Education (MoBSE) earlier this month. The MoU is meant to enhance grassroots football development at schools and the first talents search was administered on Wesley Lower Basic School at the Banjul Mini Stadium. Twenty-Five (25) girls were grouped in sets and allowed to play amongst themselves by using only half the size of a standard football pitch. At the end of the session, a selection was done for the finest players who will later be joined by another selection of players from similar talent searches to be conducted within schools in the Kanifing Municipality and West Coast Regions.

The search is eye-marked for the GFF to groom players at their tender age and to inculcate in them the basic skills of football in the form of a festival so as to help harness those talents ahead of major cadet Competitions.The scouting mission is coordinated by the Director of The Gambia-German Football Development Programme, Monika Staab with support from the GFF Technical Department and facilitated by the GFF’s appointed Regional Coaches. As per the agreement of the MoU, the implementing partners will coordinate and lay down policies while the Regional Education Offices, Primary Schools Football Associations and the Department of Youth and Sports will take care of the operational aspects of the partnership. It also further identifies the roles and
responsibilities of both the GFF and MoBSE as the two parties relate to the implementation of joint programmes and activities in school football.

The parties will also ensure that programmes and activities are conducted in compliance with all applicable football laws, rules, and regulations.There is no gain saying that women’s football tops the agenda of the Lamin Kaba Bajo led Executive Committee in the course of its programme implementation as GFF prides itself for the giant strides it achieved in its development and hence its securing of the world acclaimed Women’s Football expert Monika Staab for a two-year period with the task to improve on the existing achievements.