Saturday, March 2, 2013

The Gambia’s FA unsure of date to correct ‘erroneous constitution’

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Deutsch: Fußballstadion, Bakau (elf Kilometer von Banjul entfernt) (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

On Thursday, The Gambia Football Association, GFA, announced it will rectify the constitution as soon as possible to avoid too much delay of the upcoming March 30, 2013 GFA congress.

The FA’s normalisation committee spokesperson Alhagie O.B. Conateh fall-short of giving a definite date to correct the erroneous constitution, but said there are possibilities the elective-congress of the GFA will miss the March 30 schedule as time is needed to re-work on the constitution.

Mr Conateh and his cohorts presided over a largely “flawed” Constitutional-adoptive-Congress on Dec. 12, 2013, which has since been rejected by football’s world governing body, FIFA.

FIFA called the congress “biased” and “unrealistic” and demand that the GFA interpret its statutes and ensure that only clubs that had played regular football under the GFA Competitions can participate in a GFA General Assembly.


The Zurich-based FIFA also ask the GFA to hold another congress and ensure the so-called international standard draft constitution is re-examined and adopted.

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Local Football in Gambia (Photo credit: tim ellis)
FIFA offer rejected

In similar fashion, the normalisation committee said it turn down FIFA’s offer to extend their mandate a second time because they want to rest.

The committee’s initial six months mandate which ended in September 2012 was extended by FIFA to March 2013, but another attempt by the Zurich-based FIFA has been rejected.

“FIFA requested for the extension of our mandate in the helm of the normalisation process, but we rejected the request,” Conateh, the GFA’s committee vice chairman said during a Feb. 21 press conference held at football house in Kanifing.

Criticism

“We promise them of accomplishing our duty sooner rather than later so that we can hand over everything to a newly-elected GFA body,” Conateh said. “We want to rest.” 

The GFA normalisation committee, which replaced the ousted executive committee of Seedy M.B. Kinteh, has come under a lot of criticism since March 2012 - presiding over violent league and non-league matches, a fruitless AFCON 2013 qualifying campaign, and a 2014 FIFA World Cup qualifier already in a state of jeopardy. 


Written by Modou S. Joof

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