4 January 2013

Gambia: GFA Refutes Claims That Its FAP Is Suspended

The Gambia Football Association has refuted claims that FIFA has decided to cut off the country's Financial Assistance Programme (FAP), which is widely referred to as the FIFA Subvention.

The were rumours circulating on social networking site facebook on Wednesday that the football world governing body has decided to suspend the country's FAP unless an elective executive is elected to steer the affairs of the FA at the end of March.

According to the revelations, the GFA was informed of the development by Primo Carvalho of the Legal Affairs Department of FIFA during a recent working visit to country. The report added that the football association continues to pursue FIFA in a desperate attempt to pay staff salaries which have been due since June of last 2012 but their appeals have since fallen on deaf ears.

When contacted by Observer Sports to shed light on the claims, Alhaji Omar Sey, vice chairman and spokesperson of the Normalisation Committee of the GFA, referred us to its Media Officer.

On his part, Bakary Buruma Baldeh refuted the rumours as baseless, saying they are not true and that the football world governing body has never communicated such to them. Another issue that was raised was that the three senior officials of the FA who were sent on a three-month leave and only returned towards the end of last year will again be asked to sit down until after the elections slated for the end of March.

Acting secretary general Abdul Salam Jammeh, Treasurer Kemo Ceesay and Director of the Technical Training Center Bakary Terema Dahaba were all asked to sit for three months after which they returned to take up their position. But according to the reports, the Normalisation Committee has identified the three as an obstacle to their work and will again send them on a forceful leave until after the elective congress. But when contacted on that development too, Bakary Baldeh said it is not up to his knowledge.

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