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Mambanyick Njie continues his evidence

Jun 24, 2014, 9:24 AM | Article By: Bakary Samateh

The former permanent secretary at the Ministry of Youth and Sports, Mambanyick Njie Monday continued to give evidence in his defence at the Banjul magistrates’ court before principal magistrate Hilary Abeke.

He told the court that he did not agree with the evidence given by Lamin King Kolley, former second vice president of the Gambia Football Association and the fifth prosecution witness in the case.

The former permanent secretary told the court that the imprest given to one Bakary Dahaba alias Terem, provided documentary evidence, and clearly indicated that Mr Dahaba was paid 500 Euros as imprest and 300 Euros as allowance, to enable him travel to Guinea for a friendly international match with The Gambia.

Njie also told the court that as the permanent secretary, he was the head of administration, and that the FIFA subvention was mainly for development of football in the country and related football activities such as training of coaches and referees.

FIFA funds are not for GFA members to us to give themselves loan themselves, he asserted, and that he can tell the court the people who took loans among the GFA officials.

Mambanyick Njie said Jammeh EK Bojang, the former GFA secretary general took a loan of D200,000 and Kemo Ceesay, the former treasurer, a loan of D150,000.

He said Bakary Dahaba alias Terema also took a loan of D150,000, while Abdou Salam Jammeh, ex-deputy secretary general took D150,000.

Lamin Sarr, a coach that took a loan of D60,000; Lamin Sambou D70,000; Dawda Barrow took D50,000 and Kalifa Manneh, a team doctor, took a loan of D50,000.

Victorio Robert, of the GFA secretariat took D30,000 and that the total amount given out as loans was D1,050,000

Njie also told the court that, from 2009 to 2011, the then GFA executive never submitted an annual budget for approval by the General Assembly, as required by the GFA constitution.

The case was adjourned to 30 June 2014, for continuation of the hearing.