GFF TO GET 71.2M RICHER IN 2015

By Sulayman Bah
The Gambia Football Federation (GFF) is set to rake in an estimated amountGFF TO GET 71.2M
of D71.2 million in income in 2015.
This huge amount was revealed to football stakeholders during the
football federation’s extraordinary general assembly held over the
weekend at the Independence Stadium Friendship Hostel.It was captured in the report of Bakary Jammeh of GFF on the soccer
body’s budget put before delegates for consideration and
endorsement.
In the recent past, Gambian football has been caught up in a web of
administrative brouhaha, thus plunging the nation’s most dominant
sport under a process of ‘Normalisation’. However, the sport is set to
be boosted after the federation announced this estimated income from
various partners in 2015.
According to Jammeh, a D10m is expected from FIFA’s financial
Assistance Programme –money given to affiliate associations –
representing thirteen percent of the FF’s income, D18.4 being
support from government and D12m from Confederation of African
Football on TV rights of Gambian national team’s participation in
qualifiers.
On the aspect of cost, he said the figure stands at D3.5m in 2014 and
is projected to increase to D3.9m in the coming year. He revealed that
D4.5 million is laid out for Gambian clubs CAF competitions and D14m
estimated for the national teams’ participations in championships.
Elucidating further, Jammeh, who also doubles as a member of the Real
De Banjul’s board, revealed plans to introduce an Under 15 league in
the school system.
The programme ended with the inclusion of Sosseh Colley as an ordinary
member of the federation board and the dishing out of money to
various regions for the preparation of their respective leagues.