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 December 2018 by becoming the first team from Mandinari to make it into the Gambian Football Federation League.
The Gambinos started out life as OB Conateh FC. They changed their name to Sateba in 2003/04 and finally settled on The Gambinos in 2009. The name “Gambinos” is a fusion of “Gambia” and “Binos”, the latter being the nickname of a Scottish Football club called “Stirling Albion”.
Stirling Albion became The Gambinos’ sister club after a Scottish gentleman called Bill Gillespie, who is 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.
The rest, as they say, is history.
You can read more about the Gambinos on their website
The Gambinos rely on funding to help equip their players, provide transport to fixtures and run their youth academy.
This is all with the aim 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.
If you are interested in sponsoring a player to help support the great work that The Gambinos do, then you can find more information here