Gambia football association dissolved

The nation's sporting governing body has been put to an end by authorities following a continuous decline in the country’s progress on continental and global levels

The Gambia Football Association (GFA) was dissolved on Friday by newly appointed minister of youth and sports Alieu K Jammeh, who also announced the dismissal of the body’s president Seedy MB Kinteh and his entire executive committee, following the lack of progress in the country’s football at continental and global levels.

The decision comes two days after Gambia’s 2-1 home loss to Algeria in the preliminary round of the 2013 Africa Cup of Nations qualifying under new coach Peter Bonu Johnson.

“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,” Jammeh said.

Gambia has never participated at any finals of the Africa Cup of Nations, but the nation’s youth teams have raised hopes recently after the Under-20 team finished third at the Caf African Youth Championship in the Republic of Congo and the U17 side winning the African Championship in 2009 after defeating hosts Algeria 3-1 in the final.