Gambia FA_logoThe Normalisation Committee of The Gambia Football Association (GFA) over the weekend held discussions with league clubs on the draft constitution and proposed GFA calendar. The meeting was held on Saturday 10th November, 2012 at the Friendship Hostel Hall of the Independence Stadium in Bakau.

Top of the agenda was the draft GFA constitution. The Chairman of the constitutional Review Committee Alhagie Omar Sey says the document adequately reflects what is on the ground and also empowers the playing of football at all levels. Mr. Sey added that the new constitution is tailored made in such a way that it is realistic and prepares a framework for technical, administrative and development to ensuring that no part or region will have dominance over the other. He added ‘this is what the draft constitution entails with its basic fundamental principles all over the world especially in Africa’ he said. He concluded that the new initiative is to decentralize Gambian football in all cadres.

On the proposed named change from Gambia Football Association to Gambia Football Federation, club representatives suggest that the name be remained to its original form until congress adopts the draft constitution. Other articles of the constitution were also been discussed ranging from Membership, Powers of the Executive, Election and Dissolution. Club reps made their inputs to the Constitutional Review Committee on the various amendments before a final draft would be sent to FIFA.

On the proposed draft GFA Calendar, the Chairman of the Normalisation Committee Alhagie OB Conateh said it has long been a complain from stakeholders that a Calendar be prepared to guide the programmes of the Gambia Football Association and its satellite committees. He said the NC has now draft a calendar for the perusal of the clubs so that together, stakeholders in football can make headway to the growth and development of Gambian football. The Calendar is drafted in a tabular form and caters for the beginnings and ends of all Nawettans in the recognized GFA zones, the start and end of league matches and as well for Regional Leagues.

In conclusion, the Chairman of the NC Alhagie OB Conateh thanked the league clubs for their maturity exhibited during the meeting and thanked them for the well attended synergy. He applauded them for taking Gambian football to another height saying ‘without you, football cannot prosper’. In attendance was also the honorable minister of Youth and Sports Alieu K Jammeh who hailed the NC for their hard work and dedication. Minister Jammeh says development is a gradual process and should be embraced by all. He reassures his ministry’s full support to the Normalisation Committee in their drive to bridging the gaps that hampered the state of Gambian football. He finally thanked the club reps for the energy and other resources injected into football.

The Constitutional Review Committee is meeting soon to finalize the draft constitution for onward sending to FIFA. The meeting was attended by representatives from all league clubs.

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