FIFA HOLD FRUITFUL TALKS WITH GAMBIAN AUTHORITIES
Less than 24 hours after arriving in Zurich, to explain the reasons for dissolving the elected executive of the Gambia Football Association (GFA), the Gambian officials led by Sports Minister Alieu K. Jammeh, has had fruitful discussions with the World football governing body Fifa to recognise Gambia government’s instituted interim committee set to normalise football in the country without fear of possible sanctions.
This news was revealed immediately after the Zurich talks ended in a smooth atmosphere with the delegation succeeding in persuading the Fifa Emergency Committee to accept the reasons advanced for the dissolution of the GFA.
Accordingly, Fifa has now granted the normalising committee some six months to work on its terms of reference which include, streamlining of the constitution, restructuring the league, among other things, which all shall culminate in a proper congress in which a new executive would be elected.
The development now means that Gambian football has been given a new lease of life, with officials and technicians now able to work on a normal and calm environment, instead of the uncertainty over possible sanctions by Fifa in the wake of the dissolution of the Seedy Kinteh-led GFA executive.
News of the Fifa reprieve was received with a big sigh of relief by Gambians.The news is particularly welcoming to two clubs representing the country in continental tournaments -Brikama United and Gamtel, both of whom are in pole position to win the first leg of the next round their Champions League and Confederation cup qualifiers.