Issued: Tuesday 27 March 2018
Tujereng United have been contesting West Coast Regional Football Association’s (WCRFA) decision of deducting 3 points and 2 goals from them in their game with Tanji for playing Yankuba Sanyang who the committee said they have licensed to play for them in their this season third division league.
Tanji lodged an appeal to the committee that Yankuba was not qualified to represent Tujereng United.
According to officials of Tujereng United, the secretary general of the committee did not sign the letter deducting them the points but rather it was one of the committee’s cashiers who sign the letter. They said the game against Tanji was played on 3rd February in which they emerged victorious but the decision to deduct their points took the committee about a month.
“For an appeal against a team to take effect, it has to be within 24 hours when the game is played. We were not also served notice about the appeal until when the point and the goals were deducted,” one of the Tujereng officials said.
He said they contacted the secretary general and second vice president of the association but they both denied any knowledge about the appeal and the deduction of the points and goals.
Tujereng United Manager Omar Jabang said they were surprised by the actions of the West Coast Regional Football Association whose rules and regulations states that a player can only be licensed to play for a team for a season and has to renew the license at the start of the following season.
Tanji are claiming that Yankuba is their player hence he played for them during the 2015-16 season and has renewed his license for the 2016-17 season but Mr Jabang asked the committee whether they have forgotten that they are in the 2018 season. “Yankuba is licensed by the West Coast Regional Football Association as a Tujereng United player for the 2017-18 which is why we used him”, he said.
Jabang said Yankuba’s licence with Tanji expired at the end of the 2016-17 season, saying that the player has the right to play for any other team of his choice after the expiration of his licence because he is not under any contract.
“Football is not just about pleasure, which is why FIFA does not allow government interference in football. Shortly after giving us the letter indicating that they have deducted 3 points from us, the points reflected on the table standing but after their next game the committee re-deducted the points again.”
He said they wrote to the committee seeking for an explanation but instead of giving them an explanation, the committee threatened to ban them for seeking answers. “Football is fair play and we want to prove that Yankuba is not a Tanji player. If we are guilty, we will accept it,” he said.
“I was only licensed to play for them for two seasons and those licenses expired in 2017 which gave me the right to play for Turereng United for the 2018 season,” Yankuba said.
Ousman Marena, Turereng United head coach said they have also written to The Gambia Football Federation about the issue but are yet to receive a reply.