Gambia: Bakau's Suspension Was Based On Sentiments, Grievances - Bakary Paco Dampha

Following the decision by the Super Nawettan Organising Committee chaired by Lamin Camara to slap Bakau with a two-year suspension, D10, 000 fine, and forfeiture of their D30, 000 runners-up prize, the president of the Bakau Sports Committee has reacted bitterly to the decision, saying it was based on sentiments and grievances that some zones have against Bakau.

Speaking to West Coast Radio's Hagie Drammeh on Monday Sports File,Bakary Paco Dampha, Bakau's representative at the Committee and also the vice chairman of the Organising Committee, said that the decision was taken in his presence but it did not go down well with him. "The decision has been taken and we (Bakau) accepted it in good faith but the decision every one knew is not fair because people of some zones came with their sentiments against Bakau."

He revealed that the sense of direction of the meeting was uncalled for and what should have been done was to scrutinise the cause of the problem and discuss it. "In fact the first thing the chairman said was let's put sentiments aside and go for the truth, so people were saying Bakau should go for two, three years.

And I said, look what is going on here? It was then the Brikama representative started cautioning them to look into the cause of the melee before just concluding on suspension. It was then people started raising their points, but the meeting was just like something which is set-up by some people who have grievances against Bakau".

Dampha said the Committee initially did not want him to talk, because they were talking about Bakau, which he is representing at the Committee, but he insisted that he would talk because every Committee member has the right to air his opinion. "The zones that we humiliated were the ones that came all out against Bakau. It was only Brikama, Sukuta and Brufut that were saying Bakau should not be suspended because it is not the way forward," he added.

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