16 January 2013

Gambia: Stakeholders Conference Held

The Football Coaches Association of The Gambia Saturday held a stakeholders conference at the Conference Hall of the Friendship Hostel at the Independence Stadium in Bakau.

The conference brought together various stakeholders in the game of football and lectures were given in an effort to bridge the gap that exists between them. It is also hoped that the conference will act as a way to avoid the problems hindering the development of Gambian football in the coming domestic league season and beyond.

The various stakeholders made deliberations in their area of specialisation. Delivering his lecture on behalf of the Sports Journalists Association of The Gambia, Lamin Cham spoke on the importance of sports journalists in the development of sports in any country. "We agree with the stakeholders that journalists can reach a lot of people with his thoughts, in order to have a balance divergence of views, which can be done by an interview popularly know as post-match interviews which many coaches aroundthe world are now used to," he said.

He said this will reduce the confrontation between managers and players that sometimes complain that what the media published about them is wrong. Cham also spoke about the sitting arrangement of the journalists in the stadiums as a problem while also stressing that journalists should be responsible in their reporting.

Ousman Manneh, who represented the medical department, spoke on the importance of first aid care especially duringa match, as according to him, they are not only present at games for the players but equally for the spectators. He regretted the difficulties that they encounter with some coaches who refuse to allow them to treat their players.

Manneh called on every club to have their own team medics so that they can bepresent in all their training grounds as it is not only during a competitive match that a player can be injured and need thehelp of a doctor.

Pamodou Sarr, speaking on behalf of the security agencies, spoke about the role of security personnel in football matches. He admitted that some of the security personnel are not properly trained on how to stop football violence, adding that they are only acting based on orders. He hoped for such forums from both FIFA and the GFA in order to capacitise their coaches.

Other speakers at the forum included two veteran referees, Jerreh Faye and Alhagie Faye. The occasion was chaired by Ebrima Manneh.

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