The competition department of the Gambia Football Federation has slated the commencement of the national leagues (both male and female) for November 9th to the 19th in the country’s first and second division.

The head of competition and the second GFF vice president, Mr. Ebou Faye comfirmed the new league schedule in an exclusive interview with Alkamba Times.

‘Last year we started the league late, we don’t want to fall into that quagmire this time around. We all understand the limitations of playing grounds in the country due to ingoing rehabilitations of  the parks in the greater Banjul area that turned out to be a total failure from the Federation for which we are taking full responsibility”

“We will start the league earlier as we have more teams this season compared to previous years as both the first and second division were increased from 14 to 16 and 16 to 18 teams respectively”. Mr Faye explained

The competition department recently concluded a nationwide tour holding discussions with all regional bodies responsible for football in various regions.

Deliberations with stakeholders were centered on the commencement of the National league, U-15 and school football tournament to be organized in all seven regions among other issues ahead of the new football season.

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Mr. Sainey M.K. Marenah is a Prominent Gambian journalist, founding editor The Alkamba Times and formerly head of communications at the Constitutional Review Commission (CRC) and Communications and PR Consultant for The Gambia Pilot Program, under Gamworks. Mr. Marenah served as the Social media Strategist and Editor at Gambia Radio and Television Services. He is also the Banjul Correspondent for Voice of America Radio. Sainey is a human rights and developmental journalist who has carved a strong niche particularly in new media environments in the Gambian media industry. Mr. Marenah began his career as a junior reporter with the Point Newspaper in the Gambia in 2008 and rose through the ranks to become Chief correspondent before moving to The Standard Newspaper also in Banjul as Editorial Assistant and head of News. He is a household name in the Gambia’s media industry having covered some of the most important stories in the former and current government. These include the high profile treason cases including the Trial of Former military chiefs in Banjul in 2009 to 2012. Following his arrest and imprisonment by the former regime of President, Yahya Jammeh in 2014, Marenah moved to Dakar Senegal where he continues to practice Journalism freelancing for various local and international Media organization’s including the BBC, Al-Jazeera, VOA, and ZDF TV in Germany among others. He is the co-Founder of the Banjul Based Media Center for Research and Development; an institution specialized in research and development undertakings. As a journalist and Communication Expert, focused on supporting the Gambia's transitional process, Mr Marenah continues to play a pivotal role in shaping a viable media and communications platform that engages necessary tools and action to increase civic participation and awareness of the needs of transitional governance to strengthen the current move towards democratization. Mr. Marenah has traveled extensively as a professional journalist in both Europe, Africa and United States and attended several local and international media trainings.

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