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Secondary School Sports Body Suspends 2 Senior Schools, Fine 2 Others

Nov 24, 2009, 1:39 PM | Article By: Lamin B. Darboe

Two Senior Secondary Schools have been suspended by the Gambia Secondary Schools Sport Association GSSSA culminating from indisciplined behaviors against the Central Referee during the Inter-Secondary School Championship, said Alhagie S. Darboe, the Secretary-general.

"This decision is taken as a result of their indisciplined action against the Central Referee and also their withdrawal from their match during the GSSSA's last tournament semi-final matches against St. Augustine?s Senior at Fifa goal project and Abuko Upper Basic football field," Alagie S Darboe explained.

He said both Gambia Senior Secondary School football and volleyball teams were suspended for about two years with a fine of D5000.00.

Muslim Senior Secondary School's volleyball team which was the only team suspended by the GSSSA also received the same punishment from the GSSSA after their semi-final match against St. Augustine's Senior, at Abuko Upper Basic School Field.

Darboe also said Brikama and Latrikunda Upper Basic Schools were each fined D2500.00 for fighting after a match.

When contacted for confirmation on the issue, the Physical Education Masters for the Gambia Senior Secondary School, Abdul Aziz Paul Mendy and Latrikunda Upper Basic School, Bakary Mbye, both said they had accepted the decision taken by the GSSSA.

Both Mbye and Mendy appealed to the GSSSA committee to revisit their decision instead of suspension.

"For Gambia Senior they can levy fine on us and revoke our suspension," Mendy stated with concern. 

Mr. Mbye said they also need GSSSA to reduce their fine for the sake of sports.

The Brikama Upper Basic School's P/E master Lamin Mendy who is a new man at school said by the time he took over the position as P/E Master for Brikama Upper Basic School, he did not see such a letter concerning his school team's fine.

The P/E master at Muslim Senior School could not be reached for comments. Efforts to contact the Muslim P/E Master went futile, but Pointsport was reliably informed that Muslim Senior's suspension letter was delivered to them.