FIFA President and Secretary General continue West African tour in The Gambia

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.