Ex-FIFA referee appeals for gov’t intervention in GFF, NSC saga

Friday, March 02, 2018

A Gambian former world football governing body –FIFA- referee and an executive member of The Gambia Football Federation has appealed to the government to intervene in the recent saga between the country’s football Federation and the National Sports Council (NSC).

Alhagie Ebrima Faye told the Point Sports yesterday that the government should try and solve the saga for the betterment of Gambian football. 

In the saga, NSC accused GFF of financial fraud and violation of the GFF constitution on regional football associations’ elective congresses among other things but Mr. Faye said both the Ministry of Youth and Sports and the National Sports Council lacked understanding of Gambian football.

He said the youth and sports minister made an attempt to dissolve GFF but could not succeed; so-called football stakeholders in the country always misinform saying the minister himself.

Mr. Faye further revealed that NSC chairman Bori Darboe was among Mustapha Kebbeh’s executive who were dissolved on over age cheating allegation during the 2015 Africa U-20 Youth Championship qualifiers against Liberia in Monrovia after using five over aged players against the young Lone stars.

Faye stated that the minister needs to know that world football is moving fast, noting that since team Lamin Kabba Bajo and his executive came into office in 2014, they have not received any support from the government.

He also said GFF solely financed the female national team’s Bissau trip for their international friendly match against Guinea Bissau female national team last Monday.

He also pointed out that the youth and sports minister has received jerseys from MGI for both male and female national teams but he decided to keep them at home, saying that has led to the female national team to borrow jersey for their Bissau international friendly match.

Author: Lamin Darboe