Feb 26, 2009, 3:28 AM
Yankuba Colley, the Mayor of Kanifing Municipal Council has called on the people of Bakau and Serrekunda-East who were at the centre of controversy during the final of the second edition of Baby Muhammed Jammeh Perpetual Cup Competition to re-unite and work together for the betterment of sports in the country.
"I would like to use the opportunity to call on you to forget about the past in order to bring back the cordial relationship that exist between the people of Bakau and Serrekunda-East," Mayor Colley told both sides during a meeting in his KMC?s office on Friday.
"These two areas," the Mayor added "shared many things in common and they always manifest a high sense of maturity against one another and sports should not separate them."
The KMC Mayor who has recently been honoured with another leadership role following his appointment as the APRC youth mobiliser revealed that "the objective of the meeting was to advise the people of Bakau and Serrekunda-East to bury their hatchet in order to be friends again so that they can strive towards attaining excellence in sports."
"These two areas belong to KMC and if anyone of you happens to win the trophy it means there is no looser because the trophy will remain in KMC which you are all part of," Yankuba indicated.
The KMC Mayor who has done extremely well in trying to settle dispute among other sporting disciplines further used the platform to challenge the two areas to advise their fans to exercise patience so that they can desist from such ugly bahaviour, which he noted, is not in the interest of sports.
The two skippers: Assan Jatta and Alagie Amadou Ngum who both spoke at the meeting blamed the fans for the violence, while assuring the Mayor that such ugly and unfortunate scenario would not be repeated.
The two Chairpersons of Bakau and Serrekunda-East Abdoulie Bangura and Mustapha Kebbeh, respectively both thanked Yankuba Colley for his role in trying to make sure the two sides maintain their cordial relationship.
It could be recalled that these two teams were involved in a fight during the final game of Baby Muhammed Jammeh Perpetual Cup Final, at the Serrekunda-West-Mini-Stadium on 13th December 2009, which resulted in the abandonment of the game.