Gambia’s Ministry of Youth and Sports has decided to sack President Seedy MB. Kinteh and his entire executive after it dissolved the country’s Football Association, GFA.
According to the newly appointed Minister of Youth and Sports, Alieu K. Jammeh, his Ministry’s decision to dissolve the GFA came at a time Gambia were heading backwards in football.
He said during a press conference held Friday afternoon at the Friendship Hostel in Bakau, “The FA’s dissolution came at a time when The Gambia were making no headway in continental and global competition, it is now time to excuse the executive and set a new interim committee that will take care of the country’s football.”
The move comes two days after the Scorpions of The Gambia lost 2-1 in the first leg of their first round 2013 Africa Cup of Nations against Algeria at home under new head coach Peter Bonu Johnson with the return leg of this tie to be played in June in Algeria, sandwiched between Scorpions opening qualifier games for the 2014 World Cup to be held in Brazil.
The move will however concern World Football Governing body FIFA, which outlaws Governmental intervention in the running of a national association but according to Jammeh’s Permanent Secretary Mambanyick Njie, the decision was not just an immediate one as they have checked what consequences this might lead to but said that the Ministry has been in consultation with FIFA and CAF before taking this decision.
In Gambia’s long history, the Scorpions have neither qualified for a Nations Cup tournament nor a World Cup tournament though the nation has been very much successful in the cadet competitions.
Notwithstanding, the Ministry of Youth and Sports said they took this bold step in an attempt to make sure that the Senior Scorpions one day emulate the success of the Baby Scorpions(under-17) or Darling Scorpions(under- 20).
It could be recalled that in 2007, the Gambia Under-20 team grabbed third place at the CAF African Youth Championship in the Republic of Congo after a 3-1 victory over Zambia and the Under-17 winning the African Championship in 2009 after beating hosts Algeria 3-1 in the final.