21 January 2013

Gambia: Tijan Jaiteh Gives Over D169,000 Worth of Football Boots to Kids

Gambian international Tijan Jaiteh continues his donation of sporting gears to underprivileged children with yet another gesture during the weekend. This time, he donated football materials to children in Bakau, Jeshwang, Banjul, Bwiam, Kanilai and Jatta's Football Academy of Brikama.

The donated items were 212 pairs of Umbro football boots valued at D169, 600. This gesture follows last Thursday's donation of 169 pairs of boots, 180 pairs of jerseys and 20 footballs to the SOS children's village in Bakoteh worth over D290, 000.

Speaking to Observer Sports, Ebrima Jatta, the coach of Jatta's football academy of Brikama Kabafita layout lauded the gesture of Gambian international Tijan Jaiteh. He said the donated items could not have come at a better time for his team. According to him, it is the fifth year of his academy's existence but they have never had a donation of such kind before.

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. Jaiteh 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 added that the latest gesture came as a result of his willingness to helping the kids who want to play football but their major constrain was football boots. According to him, there are a lot of children in the Gambia continues to play football with bare feet and that was why he has decided to surprise them.

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