FOROYAA Newspaper (Serrekunda)

22 November 2012

Gambia: Controversy Surrounds Manjai Finals - As Committee Purportedly Ordered to Halt Final

Manjai Youth and Sports Development Committee is entangled in a heated furore after it ruled out final-bound Johannes FC in a controversial verdict.

The committee's decision to eject Johannes out of the finals, despite a hard fought 1-0 win over Darusalam, left enraged Johannes fans gob-smacked.

The brewing controversy erupted when defeated Darusalam appealed to the Manjai Committee accusing Johannes of fielding Malick Sowe, who, according to the appellants, is ineligible to play - a thing Johannes flatly dismissed as untrue.

The Committees' final verdict found Johannes wanting - meaning that Darusalam will instead square with Manjai South in the final slated for Saturday.

The controversial verdict left the Kololi-based outfit [Johannes] technical benche in a feat of rage, who, Foroyaa Sports understands, have written to the GFA, National Sports Council and Inspector General of Police for redress and to curb the escalating situation.

"We won 1-0 and Darusalam appealed that we used an ineligible player. The Committee's chairman supports that team [Darusalam] and he made a hasty decision. They announced the verdict on air even before they wrote to us", Alasan Mballow, a coach to Johannes FC, said.

Impeccable reports reaching Foroyaa Sports reveals that a task force led by KMC Sports chairman Mustapha Kebbeh is to be setup for investigation, and, the Manjai Sports Committee has been ordered to halt its final on directives reportedly emanating from the adviser to the Inspector General of Police.

"We have the copy of his [Musa Sowe's] transfer letter but the committee said they don't need it" Mr. Mballow adds.

When reached for comments, an official of the Manjai Sports Committee, who pleaded for anonymity, denied being aware of orders warning the body to postpone its final.

The Committee's chairman Musa Sowe guardedly spoke but insisted that the final will be played, refuting, receiving orders demanding for a halt.

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