Gambinos Stars Africa, a renowned football academy in The Gambia, is thrilled to announce its official partnership with Red&Gold Football, a joint venture of FC Bayern München and Los Angeles Football Club. This collaboration sets the stage for an exciting new chapter in Gambian football, aiming to provide a pathway for the best Gambian and West African players to reach top European Leagues and the US Major League Soccer.
The core objective of this partnership is to foster football talent and involve a regular exchange of ideas, coaching staff, know-how, and a shared philosophy on how to play the game. By focusing on holistic player development, the collaboration aims to nurture well-rounded athletes who excel not only on the field but also in their academic and personal lives. In the medium term, Gambian football in general and also the national team will benefit from this partnership.
Helmut Hack, Owner of Gambinos Stars Africa, says: “Having spent considerable time in Africa, and particularly in The Gambia, football on this continent has become more and more a matter of the heart for me. Through our joint efforts with Gambinos Stars Africa, we will not only develop football talents but also provide young people with better perspectives for their lives. I am truly excited about the future possibilities this partnership brings, enabling us to continuously elevate our level of training and player development. I am very grateful having our academy team up with FC Bayern München and Los Angeles Football Club and being part of unique system to develop football talent from Africa for Africa, Europe and the US.”
Jochen Sauer, Managing Director of Red&Gold Football, says: “We welcome Gambinos Stars Africa as partner of Red&Gold Football. Together we want to find the best talents in West Africa, create an optimal environment for talent development and provide the best sportive pathways for the players. From the very beginning we were very impressed by their commitment, heart and soul and what they have built up over the last few years. We look forward to achieving great things together.”
Gambinos Stars Africa academy is located an hour’s drive south of Gambia’s capital Banjul and was founded in 2019 by Helmut Hack. The academy is managed by Albert Martens and his family. The Belgians have many years of experience in African football and live permanently in The Gambia. For the future Gambinos Stars Africa want to become a hub and competence center for West African talent and continue to grow into attractive football markets like Senegal or Cameroon.