By Dawda Baldeh
The Gambia Volleyball Federation (GVF), has on Thursday 15 April 2021 signed a 5 years free contract with Roberto Farinelli from Italy for the National Female Volleyball team.
Coach Roberto with his team will soon jet to the Gambia to join the female Volleyball team.
The contract is purposely to ensure the availability and designation of a technically qualified and accredited Head Coach for the female Volley team.
The President of the Gambia Volleyball Federation, Bai Dodou Jallow was part of the signatories that officially cement the contract.
He said the government of The Gambia through the National Sports Council will be responsible for the accommodation, local transportation and other logistics required to ensure a conducive working environment for the coach and his team during this period of the agreement.
The signing followed some concerted effort by the former Gambian international soccer star and Sport Ambassador, HE Tijan Jaiteh as the main muscle that facilitate this opportunity was part of the officials to witness the signing agreement with was held at the Independence Stadium in Bakau.
While Mahmoud Lamin Jawla, Deputy Executive Director of the National Sports Council, signed on behalf of government as witness.
Jawla said the signing marks the beginning of another progressive development for the volleyball female national team, as he expressed with delight.
He expressed profound gratitude to the support of Ambassador Jaiteh on behalf of the Ministry of Youth and Sports and encouraged him to continue this laudable initiative.
He added that this has saved the Government from spending colossal sums of money.
According to the Deputy Executive Director of the NSC, some of the responsibilities of the coach will include to prepare a training plan for the female national Volleyball team; Conduct training programmes for the national female team under a specified schedule both in Italy and Gambia, Prepare team for international competitions , conduct scouting of players annually to feed into the national female team.
Jawla stated the Italian coach will work with the technical committee of the Gambia Volleyball Federation on the development of coaches at national level and Conduct annual training programmes for national coaches.
Speaking at the signing, Ambassador Jaiteh expressed confidence that with the collaboration of the Ministry of Youth and Sport and other stakeholders will acquires the services of the coach.
Tijan the former scorpion football legend said the Gambia will soon score achievements in volleyball global competitions.
Tijan Jaiteh was the former scorpion captain and is active as a Goodwill Sport Ambassador as accorded with full diplomatic status by President Adama Barrow.