On Tuesday, FIFA President Gianni Infantino, Secretary General Fatma Samoura, Development Director for Africa and the Caribbean region Véron Mosengo-Omba and members of the FIFA administration travelled to Banjul to meet with Gambia Football Federation (GFA) staff and the organisation’s President Lamin Kabo Bajo.
The delegation received a warm and rousing welcome from a group of traditional Gambian dancers who performed a special “Diola” dance in their honour. During this visit to the GFF’s official headquarters in the capital of Banjul, which was one of, which was one of the highlights of a whistle stop tour of The Gambia, Gianni Infantino met with many enthusiastic members of staff, whom he commended on their commitment to furthering the development of football in the country.
A tour of the national technical and training centre followed, before a visit to the Football Hotel. Upgraded and fully refurbished thanks to funding from the FIFA Forward Programme, these facilities have been playing host to the Moroccan U-23 national team and their management, who have been based their for ten-days of pre-match training. The team were pleasantly surprised to be greeted by the FIFA President and relished the opportunity to take selfies and pictures with him. A meeting was also held with various football stakeholders, after which the visit concluded with a press conference, which was attended by members of the local and national media.