FOROYAA Newspaper (Serrekunda)

7 February 2013

Gambia: Wrestlers Back Under Fire Promoter

A couple of wrestlers have thrown their weight behind Kadir Mboob - a promoter under fire over the abrupt cancellation of a big wrestling contest last weekend.

The issue is being investigated by Gambia Wrestling Federation and witnesses' account pieced together for evidence.

Mr. Mboob single-handedly promoted a tough combat involving two wrestlers Ernes Jarju and renowned Tas-sa-Yaram - a fight that failed to hold after lights went off at Bundung Lower Basic School makeshift wrestling arena.

Fans bolted out in fury after it was mentioned that no standby generator was been facilitated.

Hot on the heels of the matter, wrestlers have backed Kadir ahead of the Federation's ruling on Friday.

Mboob is one of the few consistent promoters making attempts for the ancient game to gain lost glory, and, leveling suspensions on Kadir, they say, could cripple wrestling in the country.

"We the wrestlers are not in line with the federation trying to penalize Kapsin promotion. Gambian wrestling has not reached that level to warrant for suspension of promoters and he is doing this solely. If they penalize him, and he [Kadir ] chooses to leave the wrestling, they will be affecting us [wrestlers]" A wrestler said speaking to Foroyaa Sports under anonymity for fear of reprisal.

Kunta Kinteh, an emerging wrestler jibbed the referees largely heaping the blame on the umpires.

"It was all slated for 3pm. But they [the referees] turned up 4pm so the Federation just wants to blame Kapsin promotion and besides we have just few promoters now. We are left with just Njie sasuneex and Kapsin promotion. The other one is in America. So if they should suspend Kadir we the wrestlers are going to suffer and am speaking on behalf of all wrestlers, that it does not favour us suspending him" Kunta Kinteh added.

Wrestling Vice President Abdou Shyllon has denied claims of the federation banning Kadir.

"I have not heard of that, and as far as I know there is nothing like that. The federation will have to sit and investigate to get evidence together and then make ruling on Friday." Mr. Shyllon puts in dismissing unconfirmed reports of Mboob's suspension.

Mboob had aplogised over the incident.

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