Fakebba Saine, fondly called Fax D, has earned himself a reputation as one of those individuals propelling the growth of women football in The Gambia.
He started his career in 2010 with Jamisa CCF women football team and won a trophy for them in the same year. In 2012, he became the head coach of Berewuleng female football team and won the side a trophy in the Brikama Youth and Sports Committee’s female Nawettan tournament.
In 2013, he was appointed as the assistant Coach of Tally-Bu-Bess F.C. in Brikama, whilst in 2014 he became the assistant Coach of Berewuleng FC. He took over Brikama United women’s football team, finishing fifth position in the female first division league of The Gambia in 2015.
In the same year, Saine became the Head Coach of Berewuleng male Newettan football team and finished the season in a respectable fashion as they reached the quarterfinal stage in both the league and knockout competitions.
He is currently the Head Coach of Bottrop Senior Secondary School female football team and both Berewuleng’s male and female football sides as well. Saine has completed the CAF C License Coaching Course organised by The Gambia Football Federation in 2015 and also attended series of coaching courses in The Gambia and beyond.
In an exclusive interview with Observer Light, Fax said the importance of female football cannot be overemphasised, acknowledging that women are significantly contributing to the development of Gambian football.
“It is great that The Gambia is not only seeing women as fans of football but also players of the game. Some might be surprised to know that some Gambian female footballers play football as good as our male superstars,” he affirmed.
Saine called on the general public to continue giving the country’s female footballers every support and encouragement. “I will never doubt their capabilities because I know what they can do. They need more support to be able to start playing in international leagues,” he posited.
He expressed appreciation to the GFF and other bodies for their meaningful participation and immense contribution towards the development of women football in The Gambia. Despite such efforts, Fakebba called on them to create more opportunities for the girls to develop themselves.
Meanwhile, for the female footballers, he advised them to continue taking the game seriously; exuding confidence that it can catapult them to becoming world class footballers.
By Modou Lamin Jammeh