30 November 2012

Gambia: Armed Forces FC Set for African Military Tourney

The Gambia Armed Forces (GAF) FC will leave the country this Sunday for Ivory Coast where they will join 11 other Military football teams in the African Military football championship that will take place from the 3rd-17th December.

Ahead of their departure, the team under the guidance of head coach, Alhagie Sey, Thursday visited the chief of Defence Staff (CDS) at the Defence Headquarters in Banjul.

Addressing the team, the CDS, Lieutenant General Ousman Barjie, praised the fundraising committee for raising some money for the successful participation of the team. CDS Badgie also thanked President Jammeh for supporting the team financially.

"All this is done to make sure you are well taken care of while in Ivory Coast," he said, while reminding them that they are not going alone to the tournament and should therefore demonstrate the high sense of discipline that GAF is well known for. "Go safe and come home with the trophy. Stay focused and know that you are not there on tourism. We don't want to receive any adverse report from any individual with regards to indiscipline," he added.

The CDS noted that members of the team have been given their allowances. "Your head of delegation will be given an impress of US$3000 in case of any emergency and once again work as a team," he concluded.

For his part, Abdoulie Kah, deputy permanent secretary at the Ministry of Defence, advised the team to work and play as a team, while wishing them good luck in Ivory Coast.

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