Gambian international footballer Tijan Jaiteh Thursday evening gave football materials worth D290,800 to the SOS Children's Village in a ceremony held at its campus in Bakoteh. The donated materials consist of 169 pairs of football boots, 180 pairs of football jerseys and 20 footballs. All the materials are brands of the UK kit provider Umbro.
Speaking at the presentation ceremony, the Sandefjord midfielder lauded the Gambian leader Professor Jammeh without whose magnanimity, according to him it wouldn't have been possible to make such a gesture today.Tijan added that because of what the Gambian leader and his government has done for the development of football and footballers in the past and continues to do, it was possible for him today to also play his quarter to a country that gave him so much.
The former Gambia U-17, U-20 and U-23 player further added that the Gambia government through President Jammeh has done a lot for our footballers but his own case was more different with the government standing for him during his long standing impasse with his former Danish employers in Randers FC which he eventually won last year.
Tijan Jaiteh also challenged the SOS Village to encourage the kids to play football in order to realise their dreams of becoming professional players by starting at the grassroots level, an opportunity he himself has was deprived of as a child. He also used the opportunity to thank his parents, collaborators and the SOS Village while promising that it will be the beginning of a longstanding partnership with the village.
Omar Beyai, the assistant village director of the SOS Village lauded the gesture of Tijan Jaiteh and said the donation couldn't have come at a better time for the children. According to him, they have a junior team at the village and their main constrain was sporting gears and to receive what he called their first such gesture, it will go a long way in addressing the needs of the kids. He further revealed that two of the players from their junior team are currently part of the Gambia's U-17 team.
Ebou Faye, the General Manager of the Independence Stadium and Friendship Hostel thanked Tijan Jaiteh for the kind gesture. He commended the former Gambia Ports Authority player for having reflected his mind in seeing the need to help the children at the village to also realise their dreams of one day becoming professional footballers.