Ex –Premier League footballers and top UK celebrities are set to descend in Banjul, in February 2015 for a two-week tour of the Smiling Coast. They will also be participating in art charity football games and concerts at the Independence Stadium in Bakau.
The tour is pioneered by Karmic Angles, a UK-Gambian international registered charitable organisation, operating In The Gambia since 2008, in partnership with UK 3 Lions, a UK registered charity organisation.
The football games will also feature celebrities and artistes from The Gambia and the United States. The aim is to further cement the relationship between The Gambia and the United Kingdom.
According to Karmic Angles founding directors, Alan and Stephanie Turner, the football match on Independence Day, is expected to attract thousands of Gambian and European football fans. This will be preceded, on 17th February, by an International musical concert with UK and Gambian musicians like Jaliba Kuyateh.
“This is going to be a great celebration and we want thousands of Gambians to participate. Obviously there are many things to collaborate, but with the help of the National Sports Council, the Gambia Football Federation, the Ministries of Tourism, Sports and Education and of course the President of The Gambia, we will make this an event never to be forgotten,” said Alan Turner.
He continued: “UK 3 Lions will be bringing celebrities, artistes and footballers who played for Barclays Premiership clubs like, Liverpool, Chelsea, Arsenal, Tottenham and Manchester United who will as part of the tour visit Gambian schools, colleges, training institutes and orphanages to give mini sports fitness sessions, motivational speeches, mini music taster sessions run by the artists.”
Since it started operations in the Gambia, Karmic Angels have built three nursery schools, donated educational and health materials worth millions of dalasi to schools, hospitals and clinics. They have also donated agricultural items to help the women in the crop fields on the North Bank.