Gambia Football Federation (GFF) says following an appeal lodged by Samger
Football Club dated 31 May, 2018, on the decision of the Organising Committee
(OC) of the GFF, the Appeals Committee has finally heard the appeal.
The Federation said the appeal arose from a match between Samger F.C and S.K. East Bi FC played on the 26 January 2018. Serrekunda East Bi filed a protest against Samger F.C. for the use of player Haruna Sidibeh in the game.
Serrekunda East Bi FC claimed that the said player was registered with them and was playing for Samger without a transfer.
The GFF Appeals Committee, however, noted that from the records before them, the protest from S.K. East Bi though dated 26 January 2018, was only received by the GFF Secretariat on the 30 January, 2018, at 9:55am.
This is clearly outside the stipulated time provided for by the rules and regulations of the competition.
Thus Article 17.2 of the said rules and regulations were not followed, which provides that: “Protests and complaints shall be lodged in duplicate with the Chairman of the Organising Committee and the opposing club concerned within 24 hours of the match they relate to.”
For this reason, the Committee has upheld Samger’s appeal and the one point and the two goals that were deducted from them have been reinstated.
Accordingly, due to this latest decision, Samger Football Club has emerged as the champions of the 2017/18 GFF Second Division League having secured 46 points, one point more than second place Wallidan Football Club which has 45 points.
Consequently, Samger FC will be crowned champions on Friday 22nd June, 2018, at the Serrekunda East Mini-Stadium after the completion of the 2017/18 GFF Women FF Cup final set to kick off at the same venue at 4:30pm.
Whilst the GFF congratulates Samger FC for winning the second division league, it wishes to convey deepest apologies to Wallidan F.C for the inconvenience this decision will cause the club’s leadership, players, officials and fans.
Finally, the Executive of the GFF wishes to assure all stakeholders and the general football family that it will try at all times to respect her laid down rules and regulations and the decisions of her organs, especially the Juridical Bodies which will not be undermined or compromised.
The leadership will always ensure the maintenance and upholding of democracy, good governance, fair play and transparency in the administration of football in the country.