31 January 2013

Gambia: GFA Unavailable for Comments After 'Bias' Tag

Staff of The Gambia Football Association (GFA) has turned down Observer Sports advances after two of Banjul's first division clubs accused the organising committee of the FA of favouring Real de Banjul against other clubs.

The criticism came after founder of Young Africans FC, Father Joseph Gough, became the latest to complain about the first round fixture list of the domestic Gambian premier league season.

Father Gough said that Young Africans are a team from Banjul but the venues have been drawn in such a way the only Banjul team favoured is Real. Hawks FC had also earlier cried foul. The two teams are complaining that as Banjul-based teams like Real, they are forced to play most of their games away from the KG5 Mini-Stadium unlike the latter.

Speaking at the end of his side's 1-0 win over Bakau United at the Serekunda East Mini-Stadium on Sunday, Father Gough decried the fact that they will have to play all nine of their first round matches away from Banjul with Real playing all their matches at home.

The former principal of Saints Augustine's Senior Secondary School also accused the organising committee of the league of being unfair to his side and went further to insinuate that their mission is to give Real an unfair advantage over their opponents.

When contacted by Observer Sports to shed light on the accusation, The GFA was unavailable for comments. Bakary Burama Baldeh, the FA's Media Officer, informed this paper that the only person at the office that can comment on the matter is its administrative secretary, Pa Sulay Jobe.

But when contacted, Pa Sulay said he cannot give any comment regarding the matter since he is just a mere employee of the football association. He added that the best people to comment on the issue are the vice chairman of the Normalisation Committee, Alhaji Omar Sey, and the secretary general, Marcel Mendy, both of which he said were out of town.

"The best person to comment would be the vice chairman (of the Normalisation Committee, Alhaji Omar Sey) who is also the Chairman of the (league) organising committee or Marcel Mendy, the Secretary General but unfortunately, both of them are not in town. Omar Sey is at the Africa Cup of Nations and hopefully he will be back by the 11th (of February) but I don't know where Marcel has gone to. All I know is that he is out of town but we are expecting him back before the end of the week," he added.

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