By: Bubacarr Fallaboweh
It’s double joy for the Gambian football fraternity as April’s final week brings several breakthroughs in Gambian football.
USA-based Gambian Sheriff Jarju passed his Fifa agent license exams, while Bakau-based coach Kebba Touray was appointed to the WAFU A technical committee for four years.
A native of Sibanor Village, Jarju is among the 52% that passed the first FIFA football agent exams.
Sheriff is part of 1,962 candidates eligible for agent services in the context of transfers worldwide.
Fifa will start using licensed football agents for transfer from 1st October 2023. Alkamba Times had an exclusive interview with a joyous sheriff in his Washington base.
“I am so happy and proud. At first, I was so nervous because the questions were challenging and tricky. The number of people who took the exams was a lot. I am lucky to be one of those who passed. I spent lots of time working on this. I paid for extra classes online to study, and I paid a FIFA agent who took his license in 2015; we had classes twice a week from January to April. After that, I will start to travel worldwide, networking more with teams, clubs, and football players.”
“I have registered eBanor sports agency in Washington as an LLC limited liability cooperation. We aim to help create avenues to connect young talented players to teams in need and also help negotiate the best possible contracts for our clients. In addition, our objectives are to smooth the transfers and transitions of our clients.”
Behind the scenes, Sheriff took a soccer agent course from sports management worldwide. Then, in early January, he went for a seven-day visit to Denmark, where he visited Koge and AC Horsens.
Elsewhere, the coach of Bakau United and the First Vice president of the Gambia coaches association, Kebba Touray, has been selected as a WAFU technical committee member for the next four years, effective April 2023.
The CAF B license holder has been coaching since 2005. Kebba is joined by the Gambia Football Technical Director Sang Ndong, who has been serving in a similar post at the CAF level.
“I am happy; it has always been my ambition to participate in higher-level football decision-making. We are not so many as we are just entering the system now. We believe more of these opportunities will be coming for Gambians.” Kebba reiterated