FATIMA TRADING PROPRIETRESS GIVES TO U-17 FEMALE TEAM
Tuesday, September 18, 2012
Fatou Sengore-Tambajang, a business woman and proprietress of
Fatima Trading, Friday donated 30 sets of football jerseys, 30 shocks, and 10
track suits to the U-17 Female Football team who are set to participate at the
World Cup in Azerbaijan next week.
Speaking at the presentation ceremony held at the GFA secretariat in Kanifing, Bakary B. Baldeh, GFA media officer, who chaired the ceremony, said the donation is in fulfillment of a pledge made by the donor. He informed the gathering that the girls were at the time of the ceremony in Morocco, where they had their first test game with the Moroccan national female football team and narrowly lost 3-2. He concluded by thanking Madam Tambajang for the donation, noting that it will go a long way in boosting the morale of the team.
On his part, Pa Suwareh Faye, acting director of Youth and Sports, who is also a member of the ‘Road to Azerbaijan’ campaign committee, recalled that Fatou Sengore-Tambajang was among the first few women that had pledged to give support to the girls, while thanking her for fulfilling the promise. “This is really a day that we were waiting for,” he said. He then urged other Gambians and non-Gambians to also come on board and emulate Fatima Trading.
On her part, Fatoumata Jah (Aunty Mata), president of Gambia Women’s Federation, who accompanied the donor to the GFA house, said it all started when they made a courtesy call on the VP with the U-17 team, where she met with Fatou Sengore-Tambajang who then pledged to give support to the girls. She concluded by thanking Madam Tambajang for being a patriotic citizen, positing that if others have done like she did then everything will go fine.
Presenting the jerseys, Fatou Sengore-Tambajang said it is great pride for her as a Gambian and true supporter of the U-17 female team to support the girls. She added that the donation was part of Fatima Trading’s contribution to national development. She noted that great things have been achieved under the minister of Youth and Sports, GFA, and the Gambian leader, while urging the team and officials to make The Gambia proud in Azerbaijan by bringing home the trophy. She thanked the vice president of The Gambia; president of Women’s Federation, Fatoumata Jah; and deputy speaker, Hon. Fatou Mbaye, for their support to the team. She concluded by wishing the girls all the best in Azerbaijan.
Receiving the donation, Alhaji Omar Sey, vice chairman and spokesperson of the GFA Normalisation Committee, described the donation as a timely and wonderful gesture, noting that a good Gambian is someone who is willing to give to Gambia when the need the arises. Sey, quoting former US president John Kennedy, said:“Ask not what your country can do for you, but what you can do for your country.” He thanked the Fatima Trading proprietress for supporting the team, something he said should be emulated by every patriotic Gambian.
He also thanked the ‘Road to Azerbaijan’ campaign committee for a job well done in trying to mobilise resources to ensure the country’s successful participation at the World Cup. He also acknowledged the wonderful support they continue to receive from the minister of Youth and Sports, Alieu K. Jammeh.
Author: Alieu Ceesay