“The Election Was Masterminded and Manipulated” - Manneh
Banjul, The Gambia (TNBES) In the Gambia Football Congress on New Year’s Eve, The Chairman of Basse Area Council Mr. Omar Ceesay was elected as the First Vice President, Lamin King Colley, the Chairman of Western Region Sport Committee as Second Vice President and Adama Halla Samba, an official of Wallidan Football Club as Third Vice President respectively.
From the onset, it was known to almost every individual that Seedy Kinteh has retained his position as President after he went unopposed on the deadline of nominations. Kinteh has been mandated to fulfill all what he could not have done in his four years, as he received clubs’ baking to lead for another four years.
The positions of first and second vice presidents went unopposed, while the third vice presidency was contested between Kebba Yorro Manneh, a social commentator and sports critic and Halla Samba.
Samba won with a difference of 39 votes after he bagged 54 to the 12 votes secured by Manneh. However, Manneh who is versed on sports documents, especially football told journalists in an interview that the election was masterminded and manipulated.
He quoted a section in the 2001 GFA Constitution, which stated that; “All members of the executive committee shall be elected amongst the delegates.” “Which means that nobody shall be elected in absentia,” he said.
Kebba’s arguments were based on the fact that his contestant, Halla Samba was elected in his absence. However, his arguments fall on deaf years as the motion was moved to confirm Halla Samba’s election as the third vice president and the Association’s number four. VOL:2 ISSN:8