Gambia: Yankuba Vermaelen Donates to Jali Again

Dutch philanthropist Yankuba Vermeulen of Foundation Gambia Sports, Sunday again boosted the Kiang Jali Sports Development Committee with another set of football jerseys and a football. The presentation ceremony was held at the Bufferzone in Tallinding.

Handing over the jerseys to Baboucarr Camara, the link between the Jali Sports Committee and the Dutchman -who also served as an adviser to the Committee, Vermeulen said he decided to give again, having noticed that the other team were not wearing jerseys during a football game organised by the Committee for the second week running.

He once more urged the Committee to take good care of the donated materials which he said will motivate him to offer more support in his next visit to The Gambia in April. He added that this will be the beginning of a long and fruitful relationship between his organisation and the village of Jali while hoping to scout talents that could be taken to teams in his native Holland in future.

The president of the Jali Sports Development Committee, Ebrima Samateh, lauded the gesture of Foundation Sports The Gambia, through Yankuba Vermeulen, for the kind gesture and promised to take good care of the donated items.

Mamadi Samateh, a member of the Organising Committee of the annual Jali Nawettan, gave the vote of thanks and thanked Yankuba Vermeulen and his foundation for the kind gesture. He also challenged the players to take the game of football seriously.

As a sign of appreciation for the donated football materials, the Jali Sports Development Committee organised a football match between the members of the village on Sunday at the Tallinding Buffer Zone football ground. The game, which was attended by Yankuba Vermeulen, ended 1-0 in favour of Team B after Tijan Samateh scored from the penalty spot in the second half.

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