president of defunct Gambia Football Association Seedy Kinteh has reacted to
the four-year ban and $200, 000 fine imposed on him by World’s football
governing body FIFA as a result of bribery and corruption.
In an interview with the Standard Newspaper Lamin Cham over the matter, Mr. Kinteh said the ban is curious because he has not been in football for about seven years now.
He said, he dismiss all the claims of bribery he is alleged to have received from Mohamed bin Hammam, a former Fifa presidential candidate from Qatar. “I have not personally received any information from Fifa but when I get one, I will consult my legal advisers for a fitting reply to them, since all Fifa decisions are not final and can be appealed.”
The former GFA boss said he has a personal relationship with Hammam since 2001 before he became president of GFA and that it continue through his time as president of the Gambia Football Association.
“Yes, I have made requests of financial assistance to Hammam but purely for football reasons and the bulk of the monies he gave me were spent on our preparations and the actual holding of the Wafu congress we hosted in Banjul in 2011 where all delegates were fully hoarded and activities held at the Kairaba Beach Hotel with the official dinner was held at the Jerma beach Hotel.”
He said these are requests he made to him and wonder how they can be described as bribes when he never offered them in the first place but only after requests he made. “Anytime I made a request for financial assistance to run our programmes it always gets a positive response,” Mr Kinteh said.
He further stated that the monies were not even Fifa monies but personal monies of Mr. Hammam.
“I have used all opportunities to help Gambian football whether through projects or development and progress of the game and thank God we have managed to keep our teams in competitions and have recorded the best results in Gambian football in recent history,” Mr. Kinteh said.