Meet Sainey Kanyi:  1st Year IR Student at Cheikh Anta Diop University Dreaming of  GFF Presidency 

Meet Sainey Kanyi:  1st Year IR Student at Cheikh Anta Diop University Dreaming of  GFF Presidency 

He might only be a teenager born in Bakau, Kanifing Municipality in the beginning of the 3rd millennium, but Sainey Kanyi is someone with big dreams.

Two things:  his passion for the beautiful game and dedication seem to be driving the young man in his quest to be the supremo of Gambian football.

“Since I was 7, I have always  been telling  my family that one day I want to be the president of The Gambia Football Federation.”

As his set his sights on the country’s top footballing job, Sainey is already laying the foundations for the future, leaving nothing to chance in the process. He opined that his keen following of Gambian football could come handy tomorrow.

“I want to be part of the history books of Gambian football and also leave a solid legacy before I leave for CAF or FIFA,” he enthused.

As he charts the way in preparation for the challenges at Football House, the 18-year-old has already paid a visit to the offices of Gambia Football Federation, where he held talks with some officials.

“I met the secretary general{sic} of the GFF Mr. Lamin Jassey, I met the first vice president Bakary K. Jammeh and told them about my ambitions and Bakary was glad that at my age I  have the dream to become the GFF president.”

Sainey Kanyi posed with Lamin Jassey, Secretary General of GFF on his visit to the Football House.

The youngster also spoke of collaboration as an important factor for the success of football in the country.

“I want to work hand in hand with the football stakeholders. We need to come together and see the interest of the nation first and have a solid team because I cannot do the job alone,” he maintained.

Sainey also promised to build a good relationship with the government “because we all know that they (government) are a key stakeholder when it comes to football development.”

Sainey Kanyi said the Gambia is not doing bad in football but admitted that there’s more to be done considering that the national league is not professional and that better structuring of Gambian football is needed.

Sainey Kanyi at Cheikh Anta Diop University in Dakar.

The former Glory Baptist, Anne Marie Javouhey Academy and Methodist Academy prodigy now studying International Relations at Cheikh Anta Diop University in Dakar, Senegal, is hoping to land the GFF presidency in the next ten years. And as he orchestrates his plans at this tender age, he is keeping himself abreast of developments in the Gambia, especially sports through radio stations back home.

Sainey singled out Besenty Gomez, a former chairman of the National Sports Council as one of his mentors, and a person he has met before he left for studies in Senegal.

By Foday Jatta.

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