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Popular Zonal Cup competition gets indefinite suspension

Jan 21, 2011, 2:40 PM | Article By: Cherno Omar Bobb

The Gambia Football Association's most prestigious football championship now called Baby Muhammed Yahya Jammeh's Perpetual Cup Competition, has been suspended till further notice, a press release from the FA has revealed.

According to officials of the GFA, no reason has yet been given for what led to the indefinite suspension of the popular football competition.

The tournament, sponsored by the Gambian leader, is arguably the most interesting and competitive football competition in the country thanks to the involvement of the Gambian leader.

But the tournament was badly interrupted last year when the final game between Serrekunda East and Bakau ended in a huge controversy at the Serrekunda West mini-Stadium.

The controversy resulted in the GFA imposing a ban and a fine on Bakau Zonal team, who were accused of being the cause of the whole fracas after months of investigations in to the zonal final chaos.

Since that unfortunate scenario, football enthusiasts have been waiting to witness yet another exciting Zonal competition.

But a bad news hit the air when the GFA announced the indefinite suspension of the eagerly anticipated competition, in a press release sent to Pointsport yesterday.

The release said: “Following an Executive directive. I write to inform you of the indefinite suspension of the 2010 Muhammed Yahya Jammeh Perpetual Cup Competition.

“Please accept our deepest and most sincere apology for the distress, difficulties and inconvenience this suspension may have caused you our valued customer and partner in the promotion and development of community football in The Gambia.

"We remain deeply indebted to you for your countless excellent service to football and we look forward to the furtherance of that partnership and great alliance in the future."