URR urged to put football saga behind

Monday, February 04, 2019

National Sports Council (NSC) Executive director, Marcel Mendy has urged people of Upper River Region (URR) to put away their differences and unanimously work towards the development of sports in the region.

During a general stakeholders meeting last Tuesday which centered on the region’s long-standing indifference in football, Mr. Mendy said NSC is aware of the problem that has caused serious retardation in the region’s football, aesthetics, basketball, wrestling and other sporting activities which, he said has put the region at the bottom of the ladder in sports development in the country.

He said URR has failed to produce players to represent them at national level due to the long standing impasse that continues to persist among and within the people of the region.

Mr. Mendy told stakeholders that all the regions have successfully conducted their congresses except URR which, he said has delayed the official inauguration of the newly elected chairpersons. “We have been waiting for a while now and we cannot wait any longer.”

He said they would have no choice but to go ahead with the inauguration and leave the region out if they fail to conduct the congress. He also told them that his office is going to take an immediate action if the problem is not resolved at the regional level.

Mr. Mendy however advised young people of the region to desist from sharing false information and stick to the truth, saying that allegations made by some people that officials of the NSC are siding with a particular camp, was ‘baseless’ and do not ‘hold water.’

Regional youth coordinator Fabakary Sanneh said all the districts in the region have conducted their congresses except Wuli East, Jimara and Fulladu East who could not conduct their congresses because of some people’s’ failure to follow the rules and regulations as required.  “Congress criteria were distributed to all the stakeholders and radio programmes were held to further inform the masses but people failed to follow instructions,” Mr. Sanneh said.

Vice chairman of Basse Area Council Youba Jawara and the region’s Deputy Governor Samba Bah, both called on the youth to embrace one another and avoid fighting over positions for their own individual interests and work towards the development of the region. 

Author: Yahya Jawo in Basse, URR