17 December 2012

Gambia: The Aftermath of the GFA Adoptive Congress - a Bird Eye View


Note that this commentary is a personal opinion of a contributor and it does not in anyway represent my opinion or any other person working with the Daily Observer Newspaper.

At last, the most contentious hurdle on the road to nomalising our football has been overcome by the weekend confab of all stakeholders to jaw over the dossier that is to guide the process - THE CONSTITUTION. Yes, a compromise was reached but the expression of disappointment by the officials seems to raise eyebrows on the entire process to the extent that for the layman seems all is lost! On the contrary, a lot has been gained as the protagonists in the arena are made to confer to arrive at the conclusions amidst misconceptions on the side of the officials but complacency on the status quo to warrant mapping out the way forward.

An overview of the entire process makes one to believe that we would soon rise tall over our present stance in our football if the constitution is properly operationalized as the checks and balances are now encompassed to avert going back to what prevailed then.

However, we could have done better to avert certain amendments such as the Regional Associations that ultimately empower the Regions due to the lack of better understanding of this crucial creation! Well, this brings to light the entire advocacy I have been making for us to engage each other by educating the stakeholders on the provisions of the dossier. Had my counsel been heeded we would have made headway.

Well, now that at last we have got the constitution adopted through amending salient provisions, at least we are a step ahead to better steer the affairs of or football development by ensuring that all hands are on deck to effectively operationalize the dossier.

To start with, the restructuring of the league as I advocated at the congress must be premised on the Super Nawettan setting articulated in series of write ups to justify how the following, ambiance and vested interest in terms of support that tourney has as it is community base and heralded as opposed to the present one which has none of these qualities.

The format could look like elevating the present league of elite clubs to another level while getting the Super Nawettan Champion setting to vie for a national championship by getting each region to present three teams to equal four groups of five teams to compete for the coveted cup. In the foregoing, all the hooky and cranny cranny corners of the country will be involved.

The onus is therefore on the incoming executive to study the proposal for a possible implementation programme to take the suggestion in board. In the run up to that process of electing officials to serve in that august body, I proffer the following suggestion to get the best out of the lot.

1. Ensure that the presidency is an all embracing institution that can be able to bridge the metropolitan/provincial divide not to polarize our sports.

2. Ensure that only fulltime, dedicated and afluit/personnel are put in executive positions to move our sports forward.

3. Endeavour to see eye to eye in the process by abrogating all vices of the past of ostracization of potentials and tantalization to come to terms with reality.

Another food for taught.

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