Gambia Football Federation says it reads with dismay and disappointment, the
utterance allegedly made by Gambia’s former Secretary General and Presidential
Affairs Minister Momodou Sabally about the state of Gambian Football as
published in The Point Newspaper Wednesday 14th February, 2018.
The country’s football governing body said Mr. Sabally’s alleged assertion that it is in a state of disaster as they continue to fail in their responsibility is “grossly misleading, false and weird.”
“GFF is very much disappointed that such misleading commentary could come from a former head of the civil service whose office at the time did not do much for Gambian Football to claim its rightful position on the globe due to the high office’s inability to adequately meet its commitments to our National Teams.”
On Wednesday, The Point published an article where Mr. Sabally was quoted as saying that Gambia’s football is in a state of disaster as the governing body Gambia Football Federation (GFF) continues to fail in their responsibility at a recent sports awarding event organised by Sabally Leadership Academy (SLA) in North Bank Region’s Sabach Sanjal Constituency.
The federation says Mr. Sabally sounds unknowledgeable about the structures of Gambian football and perambulated to entice attention in the sports column. “He claimed that the Football House has a leadership problem and there is disunity and infighting in the beautiful game. This statement is bizarre and it is the opposite of the reality.”
It argued that there is unity and togetherness at Football House today than ever before, saying under the current administration, there is liberalism and all stakeholders are given their rightful positions and share of the common cake and the GFF leadership is patriotic and adheres to the ideals of its constitution and key partners - CAF and FIFA.
“It is worthy of note that Mr. Sabally should be informed that the stakeholders on a daily basis renew their confidence and trust in the football leadership because of the accomplishments registered and gains made in our football in the recent past.”
It says in as much as they respect Mr. Sabally’s right to his opinion as an independent commentator, they cannot agree with him on the misleading points he came up with which are intended to “tarnish” the image of the Gambia Football Federation and its leadership.
The Federation says it wishes to invite Mr. Sabally and other genuine concerned football stakeholders or lovers to share their good ideas with the federation for the improvement of the game in the country rather than using public platforms to spread unfounded allegations and which will only derail our efforts in the service of football and the nation.