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kobo



United Kingdom
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Posted - 04 Mar 2013 :  13:12:40  Show Profile Send kobo a Private Message
Halla Samba takes another shot at GFA presidency

The Point News: Published on Monday, March 04, 2013

Author: Lamin Cham


"With just about a month to go before the much expected Gambia Football Association, GFA, elective congress, the only publicly known presidential aspirant, so far, Halla Samba of Wallidan, has renewed his campaign for the country’s most influential sports job, by issuing his manifesto, detailing a 37-point action plan.

In the document, available exclusively to The Point, the Wallidan president, and one of the most successful coaches in Gambian domestic league, expressed his desire to turn the GFA into an example to football associations in Africa, by transforming and elevating Gambian football to world class standards, through the creation of a very competitive and dominant national league and powerful national club teams which would be able to compete at elite tournaments in the continent.

In addition, Mr Samba said he wishes to develop all levels and stages of Gambian football, through the establishment of a solid grassroots’ foundation that will pave the way for better standards, both locally and at the international level.

Ever since he hit the headlines by declaring his ambition to run for president of the GFA, last August, Halla Samba, remains the most talked about personality in football politics, with no other possible candidates joining the fray yet.

Meanwhile starting today, The Point will run a special coverage of the GFA elections, with interviews, manifestos and views of would-be aspirants for the GFA presidency.

Read the full text of Halla Samba’s manifesto, the first among others expected to be featured in The Point in the build up to the GFA elections, scheduled for March 30:

Strategies

Build a solid foundation for the sport by starting with the grassroots.

Development of the 16-19 as a priority to enhance playing standards, practicable by involving educational institutions.

Coaching

Review and redefine the playing, coaching and refereeing pathways at all levels to ensure that coaches have all the necessary qualifications at each level of the football pyramid, as well as setting coaching qualifications in the league entry criteria.
Put in place a National Coaching Data base, and a National Coaching Plan that will seek to promote education and accreditation programme to all providers to enhance the player experience, and structured in a manner that will meet the demand of elite coaches.

Refereeing

Establish a referees’ education structure specifically targeted at the demands of elite referees, as well as promoting a consistent referee education and accreditation programme to all providers to enhance player experience.

Develop and put resources to support appropriate national and regional local opportunities to towards improving the playing, coaching and refereeing pathways.

Talent Identification

Undertake research to study high performance programmes implemented in other countries with a view to determining the components and delivery mechanisms (including funding) of the high performance.

Determine the components and structure of talents identification and programme and its implementation within the framework of high performance programme.

Inspect and assess all current and prospective football academies to ensure that they are up to par with all areas, and meet set quality standards, as well as ensuring that schools and academies have adequate facilities and resources needed to properly train and develop youth talent. The above can also be achieved by rationalizing academies and providing increased funding to them to ensure that training and games programmes are enhanced.

Grounds and Facilities

Devise a consistent minimum standard for grounds and facilities development, as well as undertake advocacy role with national, local and major regional bodies to promote the need for investment in football facilities.

Develop with key partners a National Football Center to support the delivery of our objectives for coach education and player development, in addition to promoting the development and maintenance of 3G artificial pitches, where appropriate, for new and existing community facilities.

Lobby national and local government to improve school facilities for wider community use.

Competitions

Conduct a national review of competitions and play a greater role in the organization of Nawettan competitions, make them much more structured tournaments and use them as a medium for young footballers to showcase their talents, with meaningful rewards and a chance to be discovered.

Make the transition from Nawettan teams and academies to senior clubs as seamless and less cumbersome as possible.

Provision of age and ability, criteria in relevance to entry into local and regional competitions at youth, senior men and womens’ levels.

Media

Make maximum and effective use the media to popularize and bring greater attention to Gambian football competitions, especially the national league, which would enable the marketing of the Gambian game via all media channels to attract sponsors and investors to the sport.

Improve the profile of Gambian football by building a national team that will qualify to compete in the Caf African Nations Cup and the Fifa World Cup. Publicity is also earned through the building of national club teams that will compete in the Wafu and Caf club champions’ league.

Financial management

Put in place a sound and best practices financial systems and process that will ensure thorough monitoring and reporting of financial transactions of the GFA.

Optimize resources across the game so that financial surpluses are expected and achieved, in addition to the provision quarterly reporting of financial performance and the creation of partnerships with the public and commercial sectors."

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kobo



United Kingdom
7765 Posts

Posted - 18 Mar 2013 :  14:04:50  Show Profile Send kobo a Private Message
Kebba Yoro Manneh to run for GFA presidency

The Point News: Published on Monday March 18, 2013

Author: Lamin Cham


"Veteran sports administrator and former secretary general of the Gambia Football Association, Kebba Yoro Manneh, has announced he will contest the GFA presidential elections, next month.

Speaking exclusively to The Point, Mr Manneh said that based on his long standing experience in the dynamics of Gambian sport, both in and outside office, he believes his priorities are not misplaced when he asks for stakeholders to trust him to lead the national game.

‘’I have been around all and every issue around football for the past four decades and my background cuts across both youth and sports sectors,’’ he said.

Mr Manneh said what Gambian football needs urgently, is a man with immense agility and commitment to get the game and its stakeholders back into one fold. “There is a lot of work to be done in football and the future success of otherwise of our game depends on the quality of the next leaders and that is why I am offering myself for the highest office in football so that I can influence positive change.

Kebba Yoro worked in education, youth and sports sector for over 40 years and has the singular reputation of having had an opinion on every burning issues in youth and sports domain in The Gambia. He said his campaign is all embracing and welcomes all who aspire progress in Gambian football."
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kobo



United Kingdom
7765 Posts

Posted - 25 Mar 2013 :  16:32:17  Show Profile Send kobo a Private Message
The Point News: The Bite Published Monday, March 25, 2013

Gambian football going down!


"Gambian football is, no doubt, going down to the disappointment of many football lovers, if one is to go by the performance of the senior national team in recent years.

The country has just suffered another humiliating defeat in the hands of the Elephants of Ivory Coast over the weekend.

The country has dropped drastically in the FIFA world ranking, more than ever before, and the situation is worrying."...

Read The Bite

Edited by - kobo on 25 Mar 2013 16:32:38
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kobo



United Kingdom
7765 Posts

Posted - 27 Mar 2013 :  23:09:32  Show Profile Send kobo a Private Message
GFA TECHNICAL DIRECTOR CONTRACT RUNS OUT
SOURCE:
Foroyaa Sports News:Published on Wednesday, 27 March 2013

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kobo



United Kingdom
7765 Posts

Posted - 28 Mar 2013 :  22:06:49  Show Profile Send kobo a Private Message
Foroyaa Sports News: Published on Thursday, 28 March 2013

Written by:Sulayman Bah

"D300,000 was spent on Gambian players as motivation for the Scorpion’s World Cup qualifier match against Ivory Coast, an unimpeachable source divulges to Foroyaa Sport. The Gambia needed to snatch all points on offer to bump up survival chances and the ministry of Youth and Sports and Football Association forked out the aforementioned colossal sum as motivation against Ivory Coast. 22-players were enlisted for the Ivory Coast match –a figure of which trimmed to twenty after Tijan Jaiteh and Demba Savage failed to make the final cut, and, each player was lavished with D15,000 as match wage –including local based players, our source says. With Finland-based Demba Savage and Sandefjord’s Tijan Jaiteh absentees in Abidjan, arithmetic of the budget to cater for players’ wage will undoubtedly total to D300,000. The sum, our source further said, excludes hotel bills and other trip expenses. Tijan Jaiteh did not make up the travelling squad following a rift with football authorities over air ticket refund. Savage was out of the fixture because of an ongoing sour relationship with his Finnish club new coach. Gambia is imprisoned at bottom of Group C with a single point six points behind table-toppers, the Elephants of Ivory Coast. Tanzania is second and Morocco as third." Read more news


SOURCE: 1. GFA SPENDS D300,000 ON PLAYERS WAGES


RELATED FOROYAA SPORTS NEWS: 2. REGIONAL CLUBS CHIDES GFA OVER ‘GHOST CLUB’ SAGA

Edited by - kobo on 28 Mar 2013 22:09:46
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kobo



United Kingdom
7765 Posts

Posted - 02 Apr 2013 :  00:12:15  Show Profile Send kobo a Private Message
1. FIFA RENEWS NORMALISATION COMMITTEE TERM
FA BLASTS CLUBS’ CLAIM AS ‘MISLEADING AND EGOISTIC’


SOURCE:
Foroyaa Sports News:Published on Monday, 01 April, 2013


2. FIFA EXTENDS NORMALISATION COMMITTEE MANDATE YET AGAIN

SOURCE:
Daily Observer News:Published on Tuesday, 02 April, 2013


3. GFA adoptive congress set for April 13

SOURCE:
The Point News:Published on Tuesday, 02 April, 2013

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kobo



United Kingdom
7765 Posts

Posted - 10 Apr 2013 :  15:01:42  Show Profile Send kobo a Private Message
THE POINT NEWS;
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kobo



United Kingdom
7765 Posts

Posted - 27 May 2013 :  19:53:34  Show Profile Send kobo a Private Message
1. DAILY OBSERVER NEWS;
2. THE POINT NEWS FOTGA open Charity account for Max Jallow

3. Nominations open in GFF elections Wednesday

"According to the newly-adopted Gambia Football Federation (GFF) constitution, all candidates wishing to seek election at an elective congress must have their names submitted to the secretary general one month before the elections.

Since the next GFF elections has been officially announced to take place on June 29, that process, therefore, should take off on Wednesday.

Also according to the constitution, only members of the GFF meaning clubs, regions, the referees’ association, women’s football association, and schools sports association could nominate or propose candidates for the office of the president. Members shall notify the General secretariat in writing of the name of a candidate for the presidency of the GFF at least one month before the date of the General assembly for such elections’’.

The constitution further explained in article 41.2 ‘’that for the elections of a president, a simple majority (50 percent plus 1) of the recorded and valid votes is necessary in the first ballot. If there are more than three candidates, the three candidates that obtain the highest number of votes will remain for the following ballot. In the following ballot, the candidate who received the lowest number of votes of the three, would be eliminated leaving the remaining two to go for the final ballot’’..

Who can vote?

There are 53 votes broken down as follows;
From First Division teams 12
Second division teams 10
Seven regions each three votes total 21
Women’s football association 2
Referees association2
Coaches association 2
Schools sports association 2
Players association 2

So far only Adama Halla Samba of Wallidan and Kebba Yorro Manneh of CRR have declared their intention to contest.

The secretary general of the GFF would inform the general assembly of the names of those proposed two weeks before the election, in this case June 14th"

SOURCE: THE POINT NEWS(Full information here)

Edited by - kobo on 29 May 2013 02:41:48
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kobo



United Kingdom
7765 Posts

Posted - 29 May 2013 :  02:41:14  Show Profile Send kobo a Private Message
1. Seedy Kinteh mute over possible comeback

"With the nominations for the Gambia Football Federation presidential election opening tomorrow, there are increasing indications that former president Seedy Kinteh could have his name in the ballot, if he accepts calls for him to come back.

Several credible sources within the regional and club official circles told The Point yesterday that they will send Mr Kinteh’s name as their nominee for the June 29 election.

“This decision was made after consultations among the regional football stakeholders and some divisional league clubs,’’ a football official preferring anonymity told The Point.

According to him, Mr Kinteh achieved more medals in Gambian football than any other person, and deserves another chance.

Contacted to talk on his possible candidature, Mr Kinteh said he is not in position to comment as he is not even fully aware of calls for him to come back.

This paper would however get back to Mr Kinteh in subsequent editions, as the process gathers momentum, for his reaction."

SOURCE: THE POINT NEWS(Full information here)

2. ALSO THE POINT NEWS: EDITORIAL Countdown to GFF elective congress

Edited by - kobo on 29 May 2013 22:58:52
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kobo



United Kingdom
7765 Posts

Posted - 03 Jun 2013 :  01:52:11  Show Profile Send kobo a Private Message
Football presidential nominations not started -despite constitutional demand

"Though the GFF constitution stated that names of aspiring presidential candidates should be sent to the secretariat at least one month before the elections, scheduled for June 29, no nominations were received at Football House Wednesday when the one-month period should have started.

When our reporter visited the GFF offices yesterday, about half a dozen club representatives, mainly from Steve Biko Bakau United among others, were seen brooding over nominations papers meant for submission on that day.

However, according to the club officials, the GFF secretariat had informed them that the nominations could not be received as there is no instruction on that from the executive committee, most of whom are away attending a Fifa meeting.

Contacted for clarification the assistant GFF secretary general, Ebou L. Secka, said the process of nomination could not go ahead because very important things relevant to the election process are not yet completed.

“For example the regions are yet to fully elect their football association committee members and these are the people who are to vote in the elections on behalf of their respective regions. So I think all these are the things that must be first done as they are not yet completed,’’ he opined.

Mr Secka added that the GFF will come up with an official explanation on the matter for the benefit of all stakeholders."

SOURCE: THE POINT SPORTS NEWS(More full information here)
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kobo



United Kingdom
7765 Posts

Posted - 04 Jun 2013 :  21:32:11  Show Profile Send kobo a Private Message
THE POINT SPORTS NEWS;

GFF elections to go ahead June 29

"Authorities at the Gambia Football Federation, GFF, have issued a statement clarifying the state of the election process, which culminates in the election of the new GFF executive on June 29.

The process was thrown into confusion after the proposed date for nominations (one month before the elections) passed last Wednesday without action. This led to suggestions that the June 29 elections may be affected.

Giving details, Bakary Baldeh, media officer at the GFF, said there is no plan to push the election date.

“However, the process of establishing regional football associations in the regions must be completed for the regions to take part in the election.

“At the moment, each of the regions have got interim committees that have been assigned to identify football clubs and the names of their officers for submission to the GFF for approval, where upon there will be an adoptive congress and election of football associations in each region,’’ Mr Baldeh said......"

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