QGroup has donated 20 million and 250,000 to the National Coordinating Committee (NCC) for Gambia’s Road to AFCON.

The group today handed a cheque for 7 million dalasis to the ministry of youths and sports at a ceremony held at Qcell headquarters in Kairaba Avenue.

Speaking at the handing over ceremony, Muhammed Jah, QGroup chief executive, expressed delight for donating to the country’s football, adding that their wish and aim is to see Gambia succeed at the African Cup of Nations (AFCON) in Ivory Coast.

“Just to tell the public that our sponsorship package is D20 million and D250,000 and we will give the ministry 7 million dalasi cash right in this programme,” Jah said.

He promised that QGroup will support the senior team throughout the championship while urging Gambians to take football seriously.

“For us in the private sector it’s our duty. We know the government cannot do it all to come in where necessary to make sure that we have success. I always say that football is not the business of the public sector; it’s the business of the private sector. 

“Football is no more a street game, (but) a serious business and we should take it seriously, and I hope that we will continue to play our role as private sector to encourage football business in this country,” he added.

Jah assured the committee of his foundation’s willingness for continuous collaboration with the government through the Ministry of Youth & Sports and The Gambia Football Federation to promote sports while calling on other private sectors to come forward and support the national team.

The Minister of Youth and Sports Bakary Y. Badjie who doubles as the NCC Chairman emphasized the importance of the support Qcell has made saying it’s a step in the right direction.

He thanked Muhammad Jah and his team for the donation to the Committee

The President of the Gambia Football Federation thanked QGroup for the support. He emphasised that football is very expensive and more support is needed to enable the team to reach their destination.

Reporting by Adama Makasuba

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