FIFA STATEMENT ON GFA ADOPTIVE CONGRESS
The world football governing body FIFA has finally written to the GFA about their verdict on the congress. The draft constitution which was put before delegates incorporated all the substantiated changes to the constitution and accepted by FIFA, CAF and government and finally sent to FIFA was placed before delegates for voting at the Friendship Hostel hall on December 8th, 2013.
The December Congress effected considerable changes through amendments into that document. Following the submission of the Congress report, FIFA carried out consultations with the Normalisation Committee, Confederation of African Football and its representative who visited The Gambia and those culminated in the meeting of the FIFA Associations Committee held on the 13th February, 2013. The Committee at that meeting looked at the constitution of the congress and realised that many of those that attended and took part in the congress are not playing regular football in the GFA competitions. Thus it concluded that the adoptive congress was biased and not realistic.
The FIFA Associations Committee further decided to ask the Normalisation Committee to interpret the statutes and ensure that only clubs that had played Regular football under GFA Competitions can participate in the GFA General Assembly. It again further directed the Normalisation Committee to organise another Congress under this dispensation so that the draft constitution will be re-examined and adopted.
In a separate development, the Normalisation Committee further wishes to inform the general public that the Mauritania National Football team (Maurabitones) will be arriving in The Gambia on Sunday 24th February, 2013 to play two international friendly matches against The Gambia National Football team (Scorpions). The two friendly matches will be played on Wednesday 27th February and 2nd March, 2013 as part of both countries technical preparations for the coming World Cup qualifiers, CHAN and other CAF Competitions.
The warm ups will also avail both countries to further cement the already friendly ties between them.
In order to further elaborate on the above subject matters, the Normalisation Committee is hereby announcing that a Media Briefing will be held on Thursday 21st February, 2013 at the GFA House in Kanifing at 11:00am sharp.
Bakary B Baldeh
Media Officer GFA