Football Stakeholders Give GFF Clean Bill of Health at AGM

Tuesday, January 02, 2018

Football delegates representing clubs and affiliated associations on Saturday met at The Gambia Football Federation Hotel in Yundum for the GFF Annual General Meeting (AGM).

As reported by Sports Journalist Alieu Ceesay, the meeting availed the members the opportunity to review and approve the Annual Activity Report, the audited Financial statement and also the draft budget for 2018.

Addressing the delegates in his opening remarks, President Lamin Kaba Bajo, began by welcoming the delegates to the 2017 GFF Annual General.

He said the convergence is a constitutional requirement that his executive has always worked so hard in ensuring that they meet the requirement of the governing law.

Bajo described football stakeholders as key players, which make them decision making people.

He went on to thank the stakeholders for the invaluable support during the year under review. “Without you there is no Football Federation. You assigned us to man the affairs of the federation in line with the constitution.

The current year has not been an easy one with long standing avoidable and unnecessary impasse between the GFF and the National Sports Council,” he told the delegates, while thanking them for the solidarity and resilience shown.

 He vowed not to give in on issues that is illegal as it will disappoint the trust bestowed in his executive by the stakeholders.

At the end of the AGM, delegates approved and adopted both the activity report and audited financial statement. The estimated budget of D77M for the year 2018 was also approved by the delegates.

In another move, the General Assembly also upheld the suspension of former KMFA President Bakary Paco Dampha after a voting process.

Lamin Jarju, who also took the WCRFA to court after losing to incumbent Abdou Karim Sey was also suspended pending his withdrawal of the case.

In an interview, some of the delegates expressed delight at the smooth holding of the AGM, which came after wrangling around the Football House and the two weeks stand-off between the GFF and National Sports Council.

Despite the challenges being encountered, they sounded hopeful of many positive changes in the much loved and followed game. 

Author: Alieu Ceesay