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Monday, November 1, 2010

Women football cries for support

By Abdoulie Nget
The just concluded seminar at the Kairaba Beach Hotel, which was organized by the Gambia Football Association and funded by the Federation Internationale de football association FIFA served as a platform for Gambian women in football to raise their concern.
All concerns were similar as they were all crying for support from the GFA, FIFA, the Media and the general public as well. Choro Mbenga, an assistance coach in the Gambia’s national Women football team and also the coach of the Red Scorpions, appreciated the course noting that now that FIFA and GFA are given women football it’s due.
She decried lack of support from both the Gambian football governing body GFA and the Media to women’s football.
Saying that the media plays a crucial role in the development of football, she called on sports journalists to be covering their marches. 
Choro Mbenga also urged GFA to give them the responsibility to take over and handle the national women football team, as they are talking about women football. “There is no use when GFA sent women coaches for training courses and later assisting men in their own game (Women Football).” 
She implored on both teachers and parents to inject the spirit of football to their girl children, saying that football can enhance their lives.
Likewise the most outstanding coach in the Gambia women’s football arena Mariama Sowe alias (BOMM) also called on both the media and the FA to give their outmost support to upgrade women football in the Gambia.
Mariama Jobarteh also an administrator for Jaduma FC also expressed similar sentiments.

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