‘CAF never warned GFF about overcrowding’

Thursday, September 13, 2018

The president of the Gambia Football Federation (GFF), Lamin Kaba Baja has said that the Confederation of African Football (CAF) did not give any warning to The Gambia Football Federation about the recent overcrowding of the independence stadium during The Gambia and Algeria game played on Saturday.

The GFF president said this yesterday at the Football House while responding to rumours that CAF fined The Gambia about $10, 000 regarding the overcrowding of the stadium during Saturday’s game against the Desert Foxes of Algeria.

He further said that so far they don’t have or received any signal from CAF as a result of the Gambia-Algeria encounter, adding that if there was any fine as a result of the overcrowding the CAF committee would have communicated to them.

“I don’t think any crime was committed due to the Saturday’s overcrowding but the issue of the people who defrauded the GFF and the fans in terms of duplicating tickets during the game, the task is in the hands of the security committee to investigate the matter,” he said.

He added that Gambian people should stop tarnishing the image of the Gambia, adding that spreading this kind of rumours will not affect the GFF but the entire country.

“If the Confederation of African Football fines The Gambia, not only GFF will be affected but the entire country because the money that will be used to pay the fine can serve other purpose for the country,” he noted.

He finally said that they have launched an investigation into those who duplicated the tickets, adding that they will address the issue and improve on the matter on the country’s next game against Togo which is due to be played on 16th October, 2018.

He added that suspects have been identified and the matter will be forwarded to the right authorities for further action.

In conclusion he said they have not received any warning or notification about the overcrowding of the Gambia and Algeria game played at the Independent stadium in Bakau.  

Author: Arfang M.S. Camara