Gambia Football Federation has learnt with shock and dismay, the announcement
by the Chairman of the National Sports Council that it has decided to lift the
suspension on the leadership of the Federation with immediate effect but still
insists on continuing its investigations in its internal matters.
The said announcement was made by the Chairman at a Press Conference which was also attended by the Honourable Minister of Youth and Sports, Henry Gomez.
It is worth noting that the refusal of the Federation not to be part of the illegal process to investigate its internal affairs is because their Act does not give them the mandate to undertake such task and it’s this refusal that led to the NSC’s decision to suspend the leadership of the Federation on November, 9, 2017.
FIFA also in its letter addressed to the President of the GFF on the 22nd November, 2017, emphasised that in accordance with art. 14 par. 1 let. i), and par. 3, and art. 19 par. 1 of the FIFA Statutes, all member associations including the GFF, are obliged to manage their affairs independently and without undue influence from any third party.
Therefore, the latest pronouncement by the Council is contrary to FIFA’s position and falls short of its demands.
Consequently, the GFF would like to reaffirm to its members, partners and the general public that the decision not to cooperate with this illegal process remains unchanged and none of our members or entities will be a party to it.
GFF is also aware that the Honourable Minister has been talking to FIFA authorities on the matter but the world football governing body has unequivocally made clear to him that its position of non-third party interference in the management and affairs of the GFF remains unchanged and thus would not accept any investigation.
The GFF, its entire Executive and members would also like to take this opportunity to thank the President of the Republic, His Excellency Adama Barrow, the Chief Patron of The Gambia Football Federation, for his personal and timely intervention in resolving the matter in the interest of the Gambian youths.