The Gambinos are a Football Club based in the village of Mandinari, Gambia. They currently play in the WCR Third Division having made history in Dec 2018 by becoming the first team from Mandinari to make it into the Gambian Football Federation league.
When the Gambinos started out life they were “OB Conateh FC”. Their name was changed to “Sateba” in 2003/04 and then they finally settled on “The Gambinos” in 2009. The name “Gambinos” is a fusion of “Gambia” and “Binos”, the latter being the nickname for a Scottish Football club called “Stirling Albion”.
Stirling Albion became The Gambinos’ sister club after a Scottish gentleman called Bill Gillespie, who was a massive Stirling Albion fan, and his wife Janet, visited Mandinari and fell in love with the place and the people. They made it their mission to assist the hard working, talented and driven people of the village to achieve footballing success.
Soul Cessay, was manager/coach of The Gambinos (and their previous incarnations) for years and has been a key force in driving the Gambinos to where they are today. He remains an active member of their committee. In 2017 Touray Modou Sarr became manager of the Gambinos and his intelligence, commitment and professionalism has helped them go from strength to strength.
It’s the Gambinos mission to be a force for good in their community, both on and off the pitch and to help to promote the values of hard work, team work and professionalism for all the young people of Mandinari. Go Gambinos!!!
Gambinos Youth Academy:
The Gambinos have a Youth Academy that is registered with the Gambian Football Federation. They currently have over 120 registered youth players and are recruiting more youngsters all the time.
Gambinos run youth teams in the following age categories:
Under 6, Under 10, Under 12, Under 15.
Manager – Touray Modou Sarr
Head of Recruitment: Buba Touray