Authorities set up interim committee to run Gambia football

The Gambian government has named an interim committee to handle the nation’s football affairs after the disbandment of the football federation last week

Authorities in Gambia have set up an interim committee to replace the Gambia Football Association (GFA).

The GFA was dissolved last weekend following the national team’s repetitive failures at continental competitions.

“Following the dissolution of the Gambia Football Association executive on Friday 2nd March 2012, the Ministry of Youth and Sports has taken the decision to set up an interim committee to steer the affairs of the FA till congress which is due in one year’s time,” the ministry’s communique read.

The committee is headed by Mr Alhagie Ousman B. Conateh, the honorary life president of the GFA.

A former president of the GFA, Omar Sey and a former vice president of the same body, Salifu Jaiteh are now respectively vice and second vice-chairmen of the new group, which is also composed of a banker, legal practitioners, sport journalists and representatives from the five regions of the west African nation.

Critics of the scrapped body welcomed the move, but local observers fear the possible consequences from Fifa, which forbids government interference in football administration.

If Gambia is slapped by eventual sanctions, it may affect the two representatives of the nation at Caf competitions – Brikama United and Gamtel - who brilliantly qualified to the next round last weekend.