GFA ELECTED EXECUTIVE AGREES TO WORK WITH NEW COMMITTEE
Closed door consultations continues to follow after the Ministry of Youth and Sports decided to disband the elected executive of the Gambia Football Association on Friday 2nd March. In fact, the newly named interim committee is now been renamed Normanilsation committee is been sworn in on Wednesday the ministry of Youth and Sports in Banjul headed by the Honorary Life President of the Gambia Football Association (GFA) Ousman B Conateh.
Reports have it that the Seedy Kinteh-led executive of the GFA has decided to accept the decision of the Ministry of Youth and Sports by stepping aside and help the newly inaugurated normalisation committee oversee the affairs of the football association by holding elections to elect a new executive within six weeks.
It would be recalled that the Ministry of Youth and Sports Monday appointed an interim committee to oversee the country's football following the dissolution of the GFA executive last week. The interim committee is headed by Ousman B. Conateh, the GFA's honorary life president, and also includes a one-time FA president, Omar Sey; and former vice-president, Salifu Jaiteh.
Reliable sources have it that Kinteh and his executive have decided to step aside and have taken the decision in the best interest of The Gambia and football. “The Kinteh-led executive will be working with the interim committee before they will go to congress to elect a permanent executive” a source revealed.
A fruitful meeting between the parties have concluded that a consensus was agreed and the two committees would be working together for the interest of Gambian football and sports in general..Sources further indicated that with the new development, authorities are hopeful that the country would be spared a Fifa suspension.
Meanwhile, suspension from world football prevents teams and officials, at national and club level, from taking part in international matches and meetings, with Fifa also able to cut off funding and grants. The dispute could stop local club Brikama United from playing their African Champions League encounter against defending champion Esperance of Tunisia later this month and Gamtel who would also be playing against Real De Bamako of Mali while the Gambia Women U-17 team awaits for the first leg of the second and final round of qualifiers for the FIFA Women U-17 World Cup in Azerbaijan this year.