Newly elected Gambian Football Association president, Mustapha Kebbeh, has big dreams for football in the country. At the heart of his crusade is developing women and youth football. In a football-mad country which has struggled to make its mark on the international stage, his ambitions are admirable.
Like many countries in Africa, Gambia is football mad. Like many countries in Africa, wherever you go, you'll see a few informal games on the go. Ranging from three-a-side to 20-a-side, it doesn't matter. Gambia loves its football.
Yet the West African country has failed to make a big impact on the international circuit. They have never qualified for a World Cup or an Africa Cup of Nations. However, over the last few years, there have been some glimmers of hope. In 2005 and 2009, their Under-17 side qualified for the U-17 World Cup, but returned with modest achievements.
In 2005, pitted against Brazil, the Netherlands and Qatar, they won two of their three games and lost just one. They were eliminated on goal difference, having beaten Brazil and Qatar, but lost to the Netherlands. The 2009 effort saw them play against Iran, Colombia and the Netherlands, but this time...