11 February 2013

Gambia: GFA SG Clarifies Over Sacking

On the wake of the mounting hype over the mass lay-off of staff, Gambia Football Association acting SG Marcel throws light over the headline-grabbing saga.

News of planned sacking was abound in newspaper headlines days before the confirmation of a second redundancy by the Gambia football governing entity.

In the mass exodus, coaches such as Lamin Sarr, Lamin Sambou and goalkeeper trainer Alagie Marong are biggest casualties of GFA's sweeping broom and twenty-fours hours after the news broke out, claims were prevalent that the aforementioned figures are owed of their several months of earnings.

But hot on the heels of the furore, Marcel Mendy puts in some wording.

"Their contracts are terminated because there are too many permanent staff occupying unnecessary positions" Marcel Mendy who doubles as an executive of the National Youth Council told Foroyaa Sports.

There is an avalanche of unnecessary portfolios created and continuous dishing out of salaries to the occupants of those positions, he said, cost fortunes to the GFA. That is why the FA considers it prudent to venture into slicing off the figure, he adds.

Conceding of owing salaries to sacked staff, Mr. Mendy puts in, "some of these people also owe us -on loan basis". "Some just occupied positions and do less work and they still earned" he continued - a thing, which according to him is gross unfairness.

Three months after taking over the baton of normalising Gambian football, the NC retrenched thirty-four staffs -a remainder of forty-four - on its pay scale of an initial seventy-nine employees.

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