Oct 24, 2011, 2:13 PM
Please allow me space in your newspaper to respond to some comments made in The Point newspaper.
This is in response to comments made in that newspaper of Thursday12th March, 2009, by Mr Omar Sompo Ceesay, chairman Basse Area Council, under the caption "Sports Is Dormant In URR - Chairman Ceesay'
In the view of the Regional Sports Committee (
One cannot imagine that such comments can come at a time when considerable achievements have been made in all aspects of sports development ranging from capacity building, creation and strengthening of grassroots structures, provision of materials and equipment, financing, the development of a comprehensive strategic plans for the first time in the history of the region. Today the URR
It is incorrect to say that sports has been dormant in URR between 2005 to 2009 against the backdrop that six training programs on various disciplines were conducted, vibrant grassroots structures put in existence, with sports performed in all the districts of URR. Since time is history, the region has never got teams in the second division level of the GFA but today we are counting on two. In fact if it were not for the making of Mr. Ceesay we would be talking about three teams. Wuli West would have been at the second division level but because of his apparent hostility towards the
Those so- called golden days that he recounted had seen the heavy involvement of the local area council in financing especially football activities. Since we assumed office we had received no such funding, and without it we are happy to report that a total of 203 footballs, 26 sets of jerseys. 32 trophies were purchased by me and distributed to all the zones and schools. This was boosted by my personal donations of five thousand Dalasis to each of the seven zones totaling D35, 000 every year for the past four years. Besides I am one of those who had been behind that glory that once was with the likes of Ahmed Jow, Hon. M. Sellu Bah, Pa Amadou Susso, Musa Jallow, Foday Manneh, Late Malick Krubally, just to name a few. Everyone in Basse knows that I managed the best team (NPE) in the 80s and 90s.
It is ridiculous to learn that "some sports died" when in reality they were never practised. It is my committee that conducted trainings for Coaches, referees, administrators and animators in football and volleyball.
We assumed office without any proper handing over or a plan, let alone money. To date, Chairman Ceesay has refused to relinquish his signature at the bank that has only a four thousand dalasis balance.
The problems he highlighted were his own making that were inherited from him. Instead of helping to nip the problems, Ceesay is active in fueling them as he set out to retain control over sports. He began to recruit representatives to the Regional football organizing committee who are not members of the
When we were called by the governor to let by-gones be by- gones, Mr Ceesay still traded on his old ways. This press interview is a clear testimony that Chairman Ceesay is not willing to live up to this, and indicates his hunt for the leadership of the
My committee kept a cool head all throughout this period so as to focus on development, but we continue to receive such out of place comments. There is no problem hating the dog but you should be genuine to accept that the dog has clean teeth. This means that despite the hate Ceesay has for the
Joseph Furu Gomez-Chairman
Regional Sports Committee,