Gambia: More sports personalities switch to politics

Thursday, January 11, 2018

Gambia is witnessing a switch of some regular personalities in sports to politics as the country prepares for Local Government Elections on April 12.

The latest personality to add to the number of mayoral aspirants is a one-time Gambia football governing body’s vice president Adama Kelipha Halla Samba during former president Seedy Kinteh’s tenure. Ebou Faye, current 2nd Vice President of The Gambia Football Federation is also aspiring to contest for the City’s mayoral seat.

Papa Njie, president of The Gambia Basketball Association is also vying for mayoral position in the highly populated Kanifing Municipality. Mr. Njie has been busy canvassing support from the people of KM.

With two months away from the elections, there is still expectation that more sports personalities would declare their intention to vie for mayoral posts in either Banjul or the Kanifing Municipality.

It is not yet confirmed whether the aspirants will be contesting under political parties or as independent candidates because political parties are yet to unveil their candidates.

What does this mean to Gambian sports?

With Gambian sports drastically going down due to low funding, it is predicted that the election of any of the aspiring candidates may become a game-changer in attracting more support to sports from the local councils.

On infrastructure, there is little to celebrate about Gambian sports and with the involvement of these personalities in sports, they would be expected to give priority to sports infrastructure if they are to enjoy the support of sports enthusiasts. 

Author: Alieu Ceesay
Source: Picture: Halla Samba, Ebou Faye and Papa Njie