20 February 2013

Gambia: FIFA Describe GFA Congress As 'Bias'

Football governing body, FIFA, has rejected a dossier of the GFA December adoptive congress as 'bias'.

A report of an adoptive congress held at the stadium friendship Hostel was sent to FIFA for final evaluation but the situation has taken a new twist after the football governing body dismissed details of the December gathering as 'bias' and 'unrealistic'.

The December assembly saw a somewhat overhaul made on the draft constitution and FIFA's proposition for the creation of a regional league overwhelmingly rejected.

Upon weighing the endorsed document by the Gambia Football Association delegates, FIFA slammed the congress's report citing irregularities. Backing its position, the soccer regulating entity says that most participants and clubs at the congress were inactive in GFA competitions and urged the Normalisation Committee to stage a second congress for the draft document to be re-examined.

Issuing a release on the intense saga GFA Public Liaison officer Bakary B Baldeh said: "Following the submission of the Congress report, FIFA carried out consultations with the Normalisation Committee, Confederation of African Football and its representative who visited The Gambia thus culminated in the meeting of the FIFA Associations Committee held on the 13th February, 2013. The Committee at that meeting looked at the constitution of the congress and realised that many of those that attended and took part in the congress are not playing regular football in the GFA competitions. Thus it concluded that the adoptive congress was biased and not realistic.

"The December Congress effected considerable changes through amendments into that document. The FIFA Associations Committee further decided to ask the Normalisation Committee to interpret the statutes and ensure that only clubs that had played Regular football under GFA Competitions can participate in the GFA General Assembly. It again further directed the Normalisation Committee to organise another Congress under this dispensation so that the draft constitution will be re-examined and adopted" The statement said.

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