12 November 2012

Gambia: GFA Meets Club Reps Over Constitution, League Calendar

GFA Normalisation Committee over the weekend met club representatives to push for the adoption of the constitution with proposal for a GFA league calendar also topping the radar in a behind-closed door meeting, at the Friendship Hostel Hall on Saturday.

The Chairman of the Constitutional Review Committee Alhagie Omar Sey said, the document is an adequate reflection of realities on the ground and also empowers the playing of football at all levels.

The new constitution, Mr. Sey said, is tailor-made for the decentralization of football and setup framework for technical, administration and development to ensure all regions have equal footing in the game.

"This is what the draft constitution entails with its basic fundamental principles all over the world especially in Africa" he harped.

On the proposed name change from Gambia Football Association to Gambia Football Federation, club representatives suggest that the name be maintained until the draft constitution is adopted. Other articles of the constitution were also being discussed ranging from Membership, Powers of the Executive, Elections 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 complaint 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 drafted 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 endings of all Nawettans in the recognized GFA zones, the start and end of league matches and as well for Regional Leagues.

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 Gambian 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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