Jun 2, 2008, 5:14 AM
Despite the protest against the zonal's fixtures of the second edition of the Muhammed Yahya Jammeh's Perpetual Cup, which was turned down by the GFA, Banjul will participate in this year's edition.
In a letter sent to the GFA, confirming their participation, the Banjul Executive Sports Committee believes that their participation will help showcase talented players from Banjul, and give them the opportunity to build their careers for the country.
Below we reproduce the full text:
RE: PROTEST AGAINST THE BIAS MUHAMMED YAHYA JAMMEH'S PERPETUAL CUP FIXTURE
I am directed by the Executive Committee of the undersigned to acknowledge your response letter dated 10th November 09 relative to the above missive.
It is rather sad and baffling that the governing body entrusted to administer and managed football in the country should dismiss the genuine concerns raised by Banjul without properly addressing it in a professional and competent manner. To state that the decision is final clearly shows the insensitivity, irrationality, unreasonableness of the GFA.
But the question is; Who made the decision? Was it the Executive Committee or the Organising Committee or was it an individual decision?
Whatever, the decision was unreasonable, vexatious and arbitrary and it also exposes the bias and discriminatory nature of the GFA. Brikama playing all three (3) matches at home and Serrekunda East playing two (2) matches at home clearly put Banjul at a disadvantaged position which is against all the tenets of fair play which the GFA is mandated to uphold. Decisions of a governing body need to be base on reasons and not arbitrariness
The aims and objective of the Super Nawetaan is to build, cement and unite the football bodies as a family unit within the GFA and also to enable the blossoming young talents to showcase their talents, so that they can be scouted and recruited by the divisional clubs.
Banjul as one of the biggest and most successful zone has been at the forefront of discovering and supplying the country with talented players who has used the Super Nawetaan as a platform to build their career. The Committee cannot deny these boys and the country this opportunity but we will compete with pride and integrity even though the GFA is too pompous to accept that the fixture is bias and discriminatory.
Yours in Banjul Football Development