Fortune United Should Have Been The Second Division Champions, Says Coach Jane Joof
Fortune United Coach Jane Joof has said that his club should have been the champions of the Second Division. He said: “I was emotional for the fact that we've been blessed with what we deserved. Since the start of the season, I knew it won't be a smooth passage. I left Samager where I spent a good number of years, to be precise 13 years. I came to Fortune United because it's a personal project and something we started from Academy Level to the Nawettan, Third Division to Second and now to the First Division. The struggles and hurdles have made my heart filled with emotion, the challenges pushed me more to be determined and strive for success.”
Coach Joof was speaking to MAMOS Tv sports reporter during an interview held yesterday.
Talking about the ban his club faced, he said the ban is finished, because it was supposed to last at the end of the season. Coach Joof added that the ban came from the Organising Committee band it was their own decision.
“They wrote to me informing me of been banned alongside four of my players. To my understanding you only ban someone who breaks the law. I can take you as far as our game against Banjul United, it was tense because the stakes were high. Fortune United were leading the table by then. After that game a fan of ours wasn't happy with the fourth official and a fight broke out,” he explained,
And added; “A lot of these big men in the FA are having the footage of where I was seen urging my players to stay calm and I never went to where the brawl was. Therefore why do they accuse me of rampage in the letter and physical abuse on the referee. I call the FA directly and they told me if I feel am guilty I should appeal. Another surprise is both the referee and fourth official didn’t include the accusation so where did they FA get this crime from. My appeal was replied but still they insisted that coach Jane Joof's ban must stand.”
He said Fortune United were competing with clubs owned and sponsored by the organizing committee. He accused them of trying to pin them down. Coach Joof urged the committee to do a thorough investigation before taking any decision or going by the decision of Baboucarr Drammeh of Banjul United, who is the match coordinator (also a member of the Banjul United camp). Drammeh accused me of being responsible for the rampage.
“I believe in myself and believe in my work. That was the success I had in Samager. I think I can manage Fortune United very well because it is ours. I believe the experience I have in Gambian football will be a big help too. I am not only going to stay, I am going to compete because that's how a club can develop, that was our plan in the Second Division. No doubt I will strengthen the team. Financially, individuals have been chipping in, can't mention names because we believe in keeping a low profile. Financing Second Division is hard. We are praying for a good collaboration with the sponsors so that we can have a great season,” he further explained.
By Buba Jallow Fallaboweh
He stated they he will never allow the Committee to repeat what they did to him in the 2nd Division, adding that he was banned for 13 games.
“I have been keeping silence but enough is enough. I will never forgive those responsible for my ban and suspension. Some fixtures weren't conducive for us but our plea fell to defeat ears. The play-off is one of their dirty games, they never mention it in any of their letters that the play-off will have finals. They sit until the eleventh hour and alerted us. I bear honoring their fixtures because if you don't you lose points. Imagine the clubs we played against in the play-off , there was a big gap because we had 13 points and 10 points marginal. Therefore the play-off having a final is wrong, a late decision they took which I think consultations would have worked. They really spoilt the spirit of the Second Division, everything was bad, people were crying all over. I can say it loud that we Fortune United should have been the champions of the Second Division, it was hard. I thank the West Coast Region, where everything started and I am thanking everyone connected to Fortune United,” he concluded.
Former Gamtel Coach Mourns Ex-Player's Death
"I am really sad and feel shock when I heard Dodou's death. Dodou was special adviser to me to be precise," he told Mamos TV from his base in Monrovia. Manneh, who now Coach a first division side, LICR in Liberia remembered the late Dodou as a very committed player and among the most discipline players.
Dodou, according to Manneh, came to Gamtel from GPA by then Saul Corr was the head coach of Gamtel. Dodou retired from Gamtel in 2015 after Gamtel won the league in 2014 to focus on his work as a family man since he could not carry on with the work and football. Susso used to live in Fajikunda and is survived by one wife with 2 kids.
GAF Wins Third League Trophy in 14 Years
Coach Ebou Jarra is the man of the moment after guiding The Gambia Armed Forces to the GFF’s domestic 1st Division League title in his first season as the coach of the Khaki Boys. Jarra, who helped Talliding United gained promotion to the 1st Division League last year, was appointed as coach of the Khaki Boys. GAF beats Serrekunda United 3-0 at the Manjai on Sunday, as second place Real De Banjul had their title hope dashed with a 2-1 lost to Bombada at the Box Bar Mini-stadium.
Ebou Jarra and charges are now nine points at the summit before facing Brikama United on Monday for their final game of the league when they will be handed over the league trophy. GAF last won the league in 2009 after winning their first league title in 2003. The Gambia Armed Forces Football Club unveiled Ebou Jarra in August 2016 as its head coach, following the departure of Pierre Gomez, who left the club based on mutual consent, according to the Club.
The Gambia Armed Forces Football Club was formed in the early 1990s and has won two major GFF league titles- 2003 and 2009, as well as participating twice in the African Champions League.
“We came with a game plan, it is difficult to play against Serrekunda United – it is a team that everyone has to respect because bigger clubs find it difficult to beat them. So, we experienced the same in the first round of the league where we had to draw at the Independence Stadium, but thanks to the boys,” he told Mamos TV after the 3-0 win against SK United, which declared them league winners as Real De Banjul was beaten 2-1 by Bombada.
As to how has been the journey for him after winning the league in his first season with the Khaki Boys, an over-joy Jarra told Mamos TV that there are so many challenges as not everything is rosy at The Gambia Armed Forces. “But obstacles are meant to be put aside and thank to Allah that today we are champions of the league.”
Asked whether it is his biggest achievement in his football coaching career, the former Tallinding United gaffer replied in the positive, saying winning the league in The Gambia is a big achievement for him.
An emotional GAF Coach Ebou Jarra was full of praises for the former Chief of Defense Staff General Ousman Bargie and General Sowe for making it possible for him to bring in new players to the team. “Wherever these people are, I am saying a big thanks to them for giving us everything until your time was up with the Armed Forces.”
“The state of Gambian women’s football hasn't change”
A women's final in Yaounde last year brought 40,000 spectators as Cameroon took on Nigeria in women's African Cup of Nation’s final. The African continent cannot boast the number of export when it comes to male players compared to women players. The female leagues are poor and do not have a lot of exposure and publicity.
At the ICE football ground we catch up with one of the Gambia's greatest female footballers Adama Tamba who idolize Cari Lloyd and have 50 goals in 11 matches this season bringing her tally to 111 league goals and six goals for the national team.
She said that the Second division is not their match, adding that it was due to circumstances but now they are back to the top. “Scoring 50 goals is an amazing record, yet a lot of people don’t believe me some even ask me if it was basket ball or what, but I replied I only put hard work before anything,” she remarked.
She said she takes football as a life career and she solely concentrates on the game. “The goal I scored against Jeshwang United is my best goal and the game against Interior Fc last season was my best game in Red scorpion jersey, I played well and we ended up beating them and it was a derby. Whenever clubs are facing Red scorpions they are extra motivated which leaves me with no option than to prepare mentally and wanting to show them what am made off,” she explained.
Commenting on the demise of her late colleague, Fatim Jawara, Adama said; “it's painful, we just heard of her travelling and later got the sad news of her death. Fatima was someone very close to me and was always advising me especially during our tournament in Baku in 2012.”
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Gambian Athletes Leave For Islamic Games
Gambia’s sporting delegation to the 4th Islamic Solidarity Games has left the Gambian shores in the early hours of Sunday May 07th, 2017 for Azerbaijan. The Games are set to take place in Baku, the capital city of Azerbaijan, from the 12 to 22 of May 2017. The Gambia will be represented by 9 athletes drawn from 3 different Sports namely Athletics (6), Taekwondo (2) and Judo (1).
Speaking at a send-off ceremony held at the Olympic House, the President of The Gambia National Olympic Committee (GNOC), Dodou Capi Joof reminded the athletes that they have been selected among a lot based on their performance to represent the country at the Islamic Games and it is a duty on them to be good ambassadors of the country.
He called on the athletes to have good behaviors as focus will be on Gambia at this critical time in the history of the nation. Mr Joof who also doubles as President of The Gambia Athletics Association GAA) urged the athletes to be ready for any obstacles as any adventure has its own challenges.
For her part, the Vice President of GNOC and IOC Member, Miss Beatrice Allen told the delegation not to be carried away by the size of the big nations in the competition because The Gambia thus small by side, is made of great people. She advised the Athletes to be focused as the Islamic Games can be used as preparation for the next Olympic Games in Tokyo 2020. Miss Allen called on the Athletes to be united and respect their coaches.
Mr Anthony Tabal, a board member of GNOC expresses similar sentiments. Athletes Adama Jammeh and Gina Bass who are presently in France will join the team in Baku on May 9, while Finland-based Gambian Judoka Faye Njie and his coach Robert will arrive at the games on May 10 from their base in Finland. The Islamic Solidarity Games is a multinational, multi-sport event. The Games involve the elite athletes of the Organisation of the Islamic Conference. The Islamic Solidarity Games Federation (ISSF) is the organisation that is responsible for the direction and control of the Islamic Solidarity Games.
As many as 56 countries are expected to participate in the Games, which will feature 13 disciplines.. The first edition of the Games was held in 2005 in Saudi Arabia. The second event was cancelled after it had been originally scheduled to take place in Tehran in October 2009. Indonesia hosted the 3rd Islamic Solidarity Games in 2013.
Gambian delegation is as follows:
- Papa Njie…………………… Chief De Mission
2- AdamaJammeh………………Athlete (100m/200m/ 4 x100m relay)
- 3- Abdoulie Assim………………Athlete (200m/ 4X100m relay)
- 4- Assan Faye…………………….Athlete ( 100m/4x 100m relay)
- 5- Ebrahima Camara…………….Athlete (100m/ 4x100m relay)
- 6- Alieu Joof…………………….Athlete (100m/ 4x100m relay)
- 7- Miss Gina Bass………………..Athlete (100m /200m)
- 8- Modou Njie ...............................Athletics Coach
- 9- Babou Saine …………………Taekwondo ( 58kg)
- 10- Babucarr Bopp………………….Taekwondo (68kg)
- 11- Baldeh………………………..Taekwondo Coach
- 12- Faye Njie…………………………Judo (-73kg)
- 13- Robert Andrei Provuo…………..Judo Coach
GAF Emerges Overall Winner of 2017 May Day Sports
Gambian Referee to Officiate FIFA Conf. Cup
The Gambia and Africa’s three times best referee award winner Bakary Papa Gassama has been included in the list of nine officials set to officiate at the 2017 FIFA Confederations Cup in Russia. The 38-year-old was selected by the FIFA Referees Committee from the list of candidates for the 2018 FIFA World Cup.
The 2016 Sports Journalists’ Association of The Gambia’s (SJAG) Sports Personality award winner has been under the guidance and supervision of the chairman of the FIFA Referees Committee, Pierluigi Collina and the FIFA Head of Refereeing, Massimo Busacca, with only a month to go before the Confederations Cup kicks-off at the Saint Petersburg Stadium on 17 June.
Papa Gassama is the only central referee that has been selected from the continent, though he will be assisted by Jean-Claude Birumushahu of Burundi and Aden Range Marwa of Kenya on the sidelines with Senegalese Malang Diedhiou serving as the Video Assistant Referee (VAR). The VAR, which will be another important piece of history that will be made at the Confederations Cup, will be used to support referees with “match-changing” decisions and referees being given access to all broadcast feeds inside a video operations room that will enable them provide information to the referee on the field of play in order to correct any clear mistakes in situations.
These include serious incidents such as goals, penalty decisions, direct red cards and cases of mistaken identity. Gassama and other referees will also be able to call upon goal-line technology (GLT). The 2017 FIFA Confederations Cup will be played in the Russian cities of Kazan, Moscow, Saint Petersburg and Sochi from 17 June to 2 July 2017. The continent will be represented at the showpiece by 2017 Africa Cup of Nations winners, Cameroon.
Ali Sowe was a teenager when he left Gamtel Fc to join Chievo Verona, Italy, making him the first Gambian to play in Serie A. Injuries weren’t very friendly to the Gambian striker/ left wing who once spend more than three seasons recovering which limited his Gambian caps to only eight up to day. The wilderness of his injury also deprived him from making a name for himself at Chievo Verona, a nightmare which saw him on loan spells across Italy with Prato, Lecce, Modena, Latina , Pescara, Juve Stabia.
Currently on loan from parent club Chievo Verona, Ali is finding a change of fortune with Vibonese where he has scored five goals since joining them in January transfer.....
He had a brief chat with Mamos Tv sports reporter, Buba Jallow Fallboweh.
Mamos Tv: You are the second leading goal scorer in the club , what impact does these goals hold for you ?
Ali: The goals are something positive. It’s giving me the sprit to push more. It’s showing me the effort I am putting and once the efforts are positive then am happy and aiming to push higher and concentrate more in the training.
Mamos Tv: You moved to Italy for quite long now , you didn’t hit heights because of injuries . Have you recovered from injury now ?
Ali - For now I can say thank God . I can’t say am injury free but hence am playing, am staying strong. For three good years I was sitting and only God knows the trauma I was going through. I have delayed my carrier but I had patience and also I was doing a lot of training during the period.
Mamos Tv: Can the people of The Gambia look forward to you in the national team colours once again ?
Ali - Am a proud Gambian , I represent The Gambia. I think every player is dreaming of playing for the national team. Whenever the knock at my door, I will answer the call .To the people of Serrekunda, I know I have been lost for some time now, but I am with them spiritually wherever I am.
After almost playing a decade in the MLS, Gambia's ring wing player Abdoulie Ken Mansally decided for a new challenge. Transfers in football are just like injuries they can make you or break you. In circumstances where it works you end up been a local hero, and in circumstances where it failed you will be tagged a flop.
Mamos Tv Sports reporter had an exclusive interview with Ken Mansally and here is the full excerpt of the interview.
Mamos Tv; Moving abroad is always difficult, you adopted well to the style of play and system. Was it based on discipline & determination?
Ken; Experience matters in the first place, notwithstanding, if you are not determined & disciplined you won't achieve anything. The club has a huge expectation on me prior to my coming and even when I arrived. I have never played outside the USA, this is the first time although I had trials in Europe.Getting recognition of being ‘man of the match’ twice so far can be attributed to the experience I had and the hard work am putting.
Mamos Tv; Has your contribution to the club on and off the pitch made any impact in the dressing room?
Ken ; Yes, we have a lot of young talents within the camp. Motivation is something I lived up-to , I make everybody equal. People started to look at my amazing carrier but I made it simple for them that football is fun and we should enjoy ourselves irrespective of the club we playing against. I am the third captain and am always motivating the young ones to boast their morals. So many times the coach will call me on the sideline to push up the lads.
Mamos Tv; In Finland we saw your generation playing there the likes of Ous Jallow , Zico & Demba Savage. How has that helped you to settle down?
Ken: My Gambian colleagues and I had exchange few calls prior to my coming. They have been updating me about Finland & its football especially Ous Jallow. We have always had that togetherness since our U-17 time in Gambia. The ambience & mutual respect is still there. We do wish each other good luck in all our games.
The coach told me they were negotiating to bring Zico around. I told him go for him because he has advantages. You could see in our last game he was like a lion upfront. He showcased his qualities and helped the man. That particular game I was playing a free role and managed to provide three assistants.
Mamos Tv; What's your approach to the national team and your commitment?
Ken; Well the trend spreading that some players are old are out of context, I for example if you see my generation you will realize that I was in the same generation as Real Madrid left back Marcelo because the same Marcelo represents the current national team of Brazil. So what age grouping are people talking about?
Experience counts a lot in football, even though there is a huge call to give the younger generation a chance. This is my job, anytime the national team knocks at my door, am available full time. Regardless whatever competition I represent the Scorpions I always give my best because I want to make my country proud.
Mamos Tv; Haven't you missed America?
Ken ; I miss America, the snow that welcome me in Finland was terrible. But immediately I started playing, I focused one hundred percent. I have missed the food and all other things. But now that I have adapted to the European life style. I am praying for more opportunities and steadfastness.
By Buba Jallow Fallaboweh
Protest at URR-FA Congress
Gambian Foreign Based Players Weekend Roundup
The Organizing Committee of West Coast Regional Football Association (WCRFA), which is mandated to look into all appeals concerning football matters in West Coast Region, met and discussed the issues of Lamin Nawettan Football ( between Lamin Sports Committee and Sateba United).
The WCRFA finally agreed to uphold the ruling of Lamin Sports Committee and asked Sateba United to desist from any form of violence and allow the committee to continue on with their games.
“After reviewing the meeting we had with both parties and the referee’s report, the organizing committee of West Coast Regional Football Association came out with the following issues; the game in question is not completed, and the referee’s report shows that the match was abandoned due to the fans of Sateba United throwing stones to his second assistant referee,” the WCRFA said in a letter sent to Mamos TV.
“Going by the rules and regulation governing the Lamin Sports Committee Nawettan, Article 9. Stoppage of time sub-section 9.1 (If the referee is forced to stop the match before the end of regular time because of invasion in the field or aggression on one team by the supporters of others, the latter shall be declared loser). Also going through the rules and regulations of the GFF recognize Nawettan zones which Lamin Sports Commitee is a party to, article 12. Abandoned of a match, sub-section 12.1.1 (any team that causes a match to be abandoned will result to the awarding of 3 points and 2 goals to the opponent team. This means any player(s), officer(s), or supporter(s) identify as part of the team that cause the abandonment,” the letter stated.
With or without the benefit of hindsight, Serena Williams' victory at the Australian Open in January was sublime.
The 'greatest female tennis player of the Open era' won her 23rd Grand Slam without dropping a set.
But when you learn she did it while in the early stages of pregnancy, the feat becomes exceptional.
So how is it possible to win a Grand Slam while pregnant?
The physiological challenges
Dr Markos Klonizakis, a senior research fellow at Sheffield Hallam University, says the triumph at that stage of pregnancy is "amazing".
"It is not easy for any woman to adapt to changes in her body, let alone while playing sport at an elite level," he said.
"Physiologically, the main challenge women face within about five weeks of pregnancy is in adapting to changes to the cardiovascular system.
"These are rapid and ensure blood and oxygen supply to the foetus.
"Many women feel they cannot breathe as easily as their heart rate increases.
“Both games played were of great importance as this was a very rare opportunity to have all the required players present in a squad. The first game against Morocco was not up to standard as the camp was officially opened on the 22nd March and most of the players were sill reporting up to the day of the first game 23rd March, and were not available for the first game and we lost 2-1. But after four days training, the team came out stronger and better against CAR,” he told Mamos Online.
According to Sang Ndong, he was very impressed with the comportment and performance of the players and looking forward to have all the players for the game against Benin in June for the Afcon qualifiers’ opener.
On his scouting mission in Europe before the training camp in Rabat, the former Gambian international said the European tour was a very successful one, but was a very hectic ten days to visit five countries. “Lot of young Gambian players were identified, some were convinced, but still got some want to live their dreams to play for their European countries, but the doors are still open and we shall continue pursuing them.”
Ndong, who registered his first win against CAR since his appointment, recommended for other tours to be organized, but with much more time. He also hailed his technical team together with the FF and Government that did everything to make sure that the camp happened.
Head coach of the Gambias Senior National Team has told Mamos TV that the training camp in Morocco was one of the most important part of the process of team building, and also being the last FIFA friendly dates before the first game in the coming qualifying rounds.
Coach Sang Ndong and his Scorpions returned to Banjul on earl hours of last Thursday after a training camp in Morocco, where they also had two friendly international matches during their stay in Rabat.
The Scorpions opened their camp with a warm up match to Moroccan U-23 side where they lost by the narrowest of margins, but moved up
win. I was watching their last game against Portland Timbers and just the way the players carry themselves and their will to win was very impressive to me, and I want to be a part of that and going forward I want to be there to help them achieve their goals.
Since joining the MLS in 2013, Manneh said it has been everything he dreamed of and more. He said he couldnt wait to share his experience with his new team.
It was very exciting when I got going with training and playing week in and week out, he said. Im really excited to have had that experience with Vancouver and now with Columbus Crew SC as well.
The former Steve Biko and Texas Rush winger is in his fifth MLS season and has made 101 regular season appearances (62 starts) while scoring 22 goals and contributing 12 assists for the Whitecaps.
He was also the youngest player in the MLS history to score a hat trick, as an 18-year-old. He is known for his speed and agility new team.
A nawettan team made it through the rough journey of Gambian football only to find themselves on the top three of the GFF.
Mamos TV sports reporter had a one on one interview with coach Momodou Jallow to take me through Marimoo's first experience in the first division , while urging the football federation to develop the league by all means. He described his club as successful, considering their strive towards achieving their objectives.
Mamos TV: Is Marimoo FC stellar performance and position in the league a fluke or an objective set aside?
Coach: Our first target of the season was for us to stay on the top, now that it is cemented our eyes are fixed on the top three finish. We have nothing to lose as we are beginners, at the end of the season we want everyone happy.
Mamos TV : Were there any challenges /hurdles during the season?
Coach: I followed the league.we started from third division, down to the second division and all those leagues we emerged as champions. So we were well drilled and had a good Preseason.
Mamos TV: Can you take us through your squad depth?
Coach: Marimoo has a proper set-up which works in our favour ,we have young players from Manjai, kotu, kololi, Sanchaba. Those are the players we send to nawettans and those who are worth the promotion gains promotion to the first team.
Marmioo is a well organised club, leaving Marimoo for any club is deemed as individual loses. Motivation is something not lacking within the club, players are well paid and train perfectly. We have sent players on loan to Samager & Bakau Utd, sold some to Senegal and some are in trails in Europe.
Mamos TV : If the need arise how is marimoo prepare for continental assignments,meaning Finance and logistic?
Coach: There is hope and once we compete we can get results. The management can give the moral boast in order to register the club.
Mamos TV : How is the chemistry within the club?
Coach: Marimoo is a community club although an individual is at the helm, but the president ambition is to develop and empower youths. Our chemistry is unique, its not only football that unites us rather trying to achieve our common goal. To point you a perfect example we had Real de Banjul players in our midst for trials and they felt home, we had to buy them from the capital club. The coach praised their 12th man which the fans and say they should continue supporting the club and the fruits will ripe in the next three years.
Mamos TV : Any suggestion/recommendation to the Federation?
Coach: My experience as a coach I have noticed that those who manage the affairs of our football barely watch the league, that is why they dont get it right with the national team selection. Take for example Marimoo Fc not a single player is been called up to for national selection. That's a shame to our league.
The federation should increase the prize money of league winners to at least D1 million, part of the FIFA subvention money should be shared within clubs too. Coming back to that D1 million prize clubs will be motivated and determine to push for more. Because in that process you elevate clubs from poverty to a proper club. If the federation leaves the football to the community, the day to day affairs of its management will be difficult. For clubs like Marimoo draws lot of fans to the park likewise Armed Forces & Real de Banjul, Marimoo FC, I appeal to the FA to come to our need.
There is a need for the federation to renovate and improve the football grounds where the leagues are held, likewise the balls that are used for matches are not standard.
By Buba Jallow Fallaboweh
By Buba Jallow Fallaboweh
The Premier League is at its squeaky bumpy times, as Chelsea & Tottenham enter title run-in, Liverpool will do their best to hang on third place. The spot for fourth place remains tensed, Arsene Wenger and Arsenal's season looks to finish below Spurs and miss out on the Champions league spot. Down the relegation zone Swansea are involved in survival bids after Hull City collected three huge points last weekend.
Tottenham v Bournemouth
For every unbeaten record, there is a club waiting to halt it and bring you down to earth. In Bournemouth clubs can be inspired if they nullify spurs threat and show them the game of their life. Spurs have improved a lot from last season, individual brilliance is keeping them loathe above other clubs. It’s a big call to expect Bournemouth to walk away from White Hart Lane with a point, considering that the North London club have win 11 matches at home and have scored 39 goals in 16 matches at home. The secret to beating spurs is attack them from the front and make the full-backs do more defending than attacking.
Manchester united v Chelsea:
Antonio Conte's men will go to the game , hopefully having their lead at the summit cut to four points. The Mourinho factor will have a huge impact on this game , cant rule him running down the touchline if United beats Chelsea on sunday. Much depends on which Manchester United turns up after Europa league hangover. Chelsea players who have progressed under Conte will still like to prove Jose Mourinho wrong. A tricky fixture awaits Chelsea after their showdown at Oldtraffoard, with Southampton and Everton been their next opponents. A title winning team grinds results out of nothing and I expect Chelsea to the nail the coffin. Asking Jose Mourinho to finish in the top Four this season is a big call, considering that he is in his eighth months with the club . Winning the europe league is more easy route for them to be back in the champions league than top four season.
Middlesbrough v Arsenal :
Arsenal are lacking leaders and the mental strength at this moment. Body language of players and fans can tell you all is not well with Arsenal.Even with divided opinions whether Wenger should to go or not? I believe it's time for the frenchman to leave. This unqiue situation that Wenger said Arsenal are in lock means that arsenal needs to win almost seven of their last eight games and hope that both Mancity and Liverpool tumbles on their way. A torrid draw in the beginning of the season saw boro held arsenal to a goalless draw. Fortunes have change for both side and huge reaction is needed too. With arsenal fans chanting at players "you not fit to wear the jersey" a huge reaction will be expected from the players.
Arsenal remaining fixtures Mancity (a) leciester (a) Spurs (A) United (H) Southampton (a) Stoke (a) Sunderland ( H) & Everton (H). Arsneal are known for having a good run of results during this stage of the league, do that and Wenger will plan for a summer where he will have one game per week.
Editioral pick for matches to watch Crystal Palace v Leciester city likewise Watford v Swansea City.
Saturday Tottenham v Bournemouth 13.30
Crystal Palace v Leciester City 16.00
Everton v Burnely
Watford v Swansea
Stoke v Hull
Sunderland v Westham
Southampton v Man City 18.30
West Brom v Liverpool 14.30
Man Utd v Chelsea 17.00
Middlesbrough v Arsenal 21.00
* all time are GMT
Did you know that ?
Arsenal have lost four successive PL away matches for the first time since April 1995, before Arsene Wenger’s reign started.
Antonio Conte could become the fourth Chelsea manager to record a PL double over the Red Devils, after Glenn Hoddle (1993/94), Jose Mourinho (2004/05) and Carlo Ancelotti (2009/10).
Sergio Aguero has scored in 11 successive PL appearances in the month of April (14 goals) and he has found the net in four successive appearances overall.
Since Marco Silva’s appointment on 5 January, Hull have won the most points from losing positions in the top flight (nine).
Striker Aliu Cisse is a 20-year old Gambian born in Serekunda (Jang Jang Road). The sensation lad started playing football at an early age with Samger Football Academic, where he was among the players that qualified to make it in the nationwide trials that was been spearheaded by Ebrima Manneh, Harry Gaber and the likes.
He spent many years at Samger learning basics in football and was later giving a chance in the Jang Jang naweetan team in SK East where he played only one season and move to Pencha in the SK West.
He was among the keys at Pencha then, winning trophies with the likes of Ali sowe and Hamza barry. “I was part of the team that won the first zonal cup for SK West which I played in every game,” he told Mamos TV.
According Cisse, he was inspired into football through Yankuba Ceesay, former Wallidan captain. “He was my role model, who I end up naming myself after as (Mal).”
Cisse plays for an amateur league in Germany with a 5th tier side, Sport club Offenburg (Landersliga). He joined the Club in 2014 during the second round of the league as the team relegate in 2015. In the 2015 season, he scored 17 goals, finishing 3rd top goal scorer and helped the team finished 5th position
“But right now I have signed an agreement with another club playing higher in the Oberliga Baden-Wuerttemberg call Offenbuger FV and I will move in May when the season ends.”
He is currently 2nd top goal scorer in the second round of the league with 13 goals out of 16 matches. “My performance makes the fans of the club to like me and fortunately I am being scouted by 3 clubs higher level that my current club,” the lad shared with Mamos TV.
Young Cisse would like to see much more improvement in football in The Gambia, especially to give the young ones more chance in the national team.”I want The Gambia to build more football academies and help the youth there to learn more of football basics, which is never regretted when one comes to Europe because it helps you to fit in every club you go to and it improves your intelligence in the game.”
“My next step is to play in the German Oberliga next season which is one step under Regional league because many big clubs in the Bundersliga have their second teams play in the Regional league and professionals from injuries gain match fitness in that league to join their first teams.”
Coach Foday Bah Delivers A Win
Coach Foday Bah and his U-23 side have beaten the Moroccan U-20 3-2 in their second friendly played on Tuesday evening at the Box Bar Mini-stadium in Brikama, West Coast Region.
Mustapha Drammeh was the hero as he scored twice with Lamin Charty alias Xavi firing in the third goal to give the home side a win.
The two sides had drawn goalless in the first encounter on Sunday evening at the Independence Stadium in Bakau. This win will be a morale-booster for the team as they continue preparing for the CHAN qualifiers against Mali in July.
YMCA Female Basketball Team are the champions of the National Basketball League, after a 34-28 win over Serrekunda West Female Basketball Team, in an intriguing final played at the Basketball Court, Independence Stadium in Bakau on Saturday evening.
Basketball has been dormant in the tiny West African Nation over the years, but the current executive of The Gambia Basketball Association, headed by Papa Njie is doing all it can to revive the sport in the country.
Serekunda West Girls dominated the first and second part of the game, but a determined YMCA side made tactical changes in the final part of the game to prevail over their opponents in a dramatic display.
In an interview with MamosTV.com shortly after the final, YMCA head coach, Foday Sighateh reacted, "I'm very proud of my girls, we did something that no team has ever done in both the male and female league, which is to complete the league unbeaten in all our games.”
Captain of Serekunda West Basketball Team, Oumie Minteh said her side was not lucky because as she put it, “We were well prepared for this final.”
As winners, YMCA Girls received a cash prize of D25, 000 with a giant trophy; while Serrekunda West Girls pocketed home a consolation prize of D15, 000.
Meanwhile, the final of the Basketball Male League will be played today, Sunday evening between YMCA Male Basketball Team and Serreunda West Male Basketball Team. Kick-off time is 5:30 pm local time.
Former Wales striker John Hartson says he "can't defend" the tackle by Wales' Neil Taylor which broke the leg of the Republic of Ireland defender Seamus Coleman.
Republic of Ireland skipper Seamus Coleman has had surgery following a horrific leg break in Friday's goalless draw against Wales.
The Everton full-back, 28, suffered tibia and fibula fractures in his right leg following a bad challenge from Neil Taylor, who was given a red card.
"Seamus suffered a serious leg injury and has undergone surgery," said Republic manager Martin O'Neill.
Coleman was given oxygen before being carried off at the Aviva Stadium.
The Donegal man was taken straight to St Vincent's University Hospital immediately after the incident and had surgery on Saturday morning.
"Captain Seamus Coleman, who went off injured during the game, underwent surgery on Saturday morning after fracturing his right tibia and fibula, under the care of the FAI's orthopaedic surgeon, Professor John O'Byrne and Mr Gary O'Toole, consultant orthopaedic surgeon," said a Football Association of Ireland statement.
Mr O'Toole is well known in Irish sporting circles as a former Olympic swimmer.
Coleman's serious leg break happened midway through the second half of the World Cup qualifier.
"He has had an exceptional season with both club and country, and he will be a big loss," added Republic boss O'Neill.
"But Seamus is so mentally strong that when he has fully recovered he will be as brilliant as before."
The Gambia Local CHAN Team (U-23) will host the Moroccan U-20 side today, Sunday in a two international friendies. The second game is on Tuesday.
Both games will be played at the Independence Stadium in Bakau.
The Friendlies is part of technical preparation by the team ahead of the CHAN qualifiers. The Junior Scorpions will face Mali in the first stage of the qualifiers.
Foday Bah, head coach of the CHAN team thanked the GFF for the opportunity to coach the CHAN team, adding the two upcoming test games are very important in their preparation for the CHAN qualifiers.
According to him, the team was well prepared, as the technical team was working on the players’ tactical formation. The team went to camp last Friday.
However, Coach Foday Bah had to trained with only seven players out of the 24 players invited on Friday. The reason was, some local league clubs were not willing to released their players at the time. The GFF said all the players had joined the camp at the Friendship Hostel on Friday night.
Abdoulie Bojang, assistant coach of the team commended the football authority for conceiving the idea of organizing such important test games for the boys.
Meanwhile, the Senior National Team was beaten 2-1 by the Moroccan U-23 on Thursday evening in Rabat, Morocco. The squad, coached by Sang Ndong will play the second friendly against Central Africa Republic on Monday
On Thursday afternoon I went to the football field as per my daily routine. I was greeted by the dust. I waited for Alfusainey but it seemed that the dust have carried away the spirit of my dear friend he was not present . I waited for hours but my friend was nowhere to be seen in all corners of the field. I was not informed about his absence ,a young hard working and dedicated man who will never miss training for anything .
In a confused state I used the shortcut to his home where I met his cousin, who wore a red Barcelona vest. He broke the news of Alfusainey's back way journey to Italy. Upon breaking the news his mood was questionable, and can sense anxiety.
With my oversize "foga-jai" jersey italize with the number 8 inspired by McManman. We were never scouted neither do we have videos of ourselves or CDs but in our black and white TVs we don't only live the experience of being a footballer but dreams of it.
Football exploitation only stop on the shores of Ghana, Sierra Leone, Nigeria, Cameroon etc etc. Where boys have been promised heaven and earth and only to find themselves languishing in worst case scenarios. On this unfounded academics in Africa ,the unfortunate once gets stuck. People with the glimpse of hopes find themselves in Greece, Germany, France but those moves doesn’t turn out to be fruitful.
The backway journey has not only emptied the Kombos but spread all the way to the villages having no clue if Alfusainey and his mates have the motive of changing their conditions of their families or football motivated behind their journey. A journey which the people who have experienced it will say, not even my enemy I will permit to use this route. I am emotionally runned down and empty as well "endo u ma suma yaye don dem" turned out to be endless funerals. I start to digest this nightmare when I was told the Wallidan players embarked on the same jouney with Alfusainey, coupled with other problems send one of the finest clubs to the Second Division.
Today we have the backway boys playing in Italy, Germany, Spain etc to be continued...........
Part 2: Alfusainey explains his journey and the day he recieved his kits and life at his current club.
The 29-year-old Scorpions defender Kebba Ceesay has joined Swedish second-tier club Dalkurd FF from his Swedish top-tier side Djurgården IF.
He signed a two-year contract with Dalkurd, who finished fourth in last season’s Superettan campaign. He will join Omar Jack Jagne who plays for the team.
“It’s great and inspiring to have signed for Dalkurd, a club with high ambitions who want to continue to develop and take the next step [get promoted to the Allsvenskan],” he told the club’s official website
“My goal is to perform at my best and help the club with the things I can, so we can achieve our goals. I urge the fans to come to the Domnarvsvallen [stadium] and be our 12th player as together, we will make this trip unforgettable!”
The Gambia U-23 side was on Sunday held to a goalless draw by the visiting Moroccan U-20 side, in an international friendly played at the Independence Stadium in Bakau.
The game was part of technical preparation ahead of the start of the CHAN qualifiers in July against Mali. The two sides will meet in their final test game today, Tuesday at the Box Bar Mini-stadium in Brikama.
In a post-match interview with MamosTV.com, Mark Wotte, the head coach of Moroccan U-20 said the game was a good one. “We played a good match against a good opponent. This is a good game for us because this is a good Gambian opponent.”
Wotte said such friendlies would help build the experience of his team.
Foday Bay, head coach of The Gambian U-23 side said the game was important as he prepare the team for the upcoming qualifiers. He was impressed with the performance of the players, but was not happy with the draw. “Tactically, we are happy with the performance of the boys.”
The 2017 Handball League, organized by The Gambia Handball Association is currently in full swing in the tiny West African Nation.
Handball is one of the few sports under revival in the country amidst many challenges it faced.
Fatou Bobb, head coach of Immigration Female Handball Team said the game was an entertaining one and is hopeful of the positive campaign in the league.
Immigration lost to Lion Heart in their opening game of the league, but made a tactical change in their second game. "We are going to prepare well for the next game against Armed Forces Female Handball Team."
According to Haruna Cham, Secretary General of the association said six male and six female teams are participating in this year's league. He is hopeful of a successful leagu
I keep wondering around the village from all sides, compound to compound. Each time I look at my mother their is guilt in my eyes, thinking if she does not have thoughts of me taking the back-way, but she understood, due to financial constraints I cannot go.
I was not only dealing with the trauma of Alfusainey leaving me behind but instant fear that my little brother will join him too. Before the Libya- Lampadusa connection there was Morocco to Spain connection thanks to EU's mess in Libya, that country became a war zone.
My Motorola phone was worn off from battery to cover thanks to rubber band for the protector. I heard the annoying sound from the phone as if thunder was about to fall, it was a call from my facebook messenger and it was Alfusainey's call. The over excitement from the call was so surprising that I could not answer, with my 3G I returned the call. With a long breath, I heard Alfusainey utter my name by then I didn't know if it was the right moment to ask all the questions, then he started talking:"saying football cant bring food on the table, numerous job applications turned unfruitful that is when he decided to leave The Gambia."
He photocopied his ID into numbers to avoid been stopped at various points where money would be demanded or ID be ceased, the "Gambia nice thing" only stops in Senegal he continued. From Mali to Burkina Faso he has to stop at points where he paid six mille CFA (10,000) or else he would have been detained or wait for another bus. He had struggle all the way to Agadez, upon reaching he saw the Sahara desert, a pickup would load people from Agadez taking 35 to 40 people like herds of sheep, spending 20 days on the road,one of the first tests in the journey.
He said: "No water, no food people are forced to drink their urine to satisfy their thirst, changing the pickup tyres, sitting on top of skeletons, passing by people who are about to die, you get so thirsty but then you would be afraid and there is no rescue. Some will cry bitterly that they will not see their parents again. One was lying besides me telling me, my brother, that's the end of it, I'm sorry I won't see my mum again. I said no don't cry. God is so kind. Certainly we will make it."
Going through Agadez, he further explained, "you would pass-by small settlements then you go to Tripoli. The moment you arrive in Tripoli you would be stamped dead or find yourself kidnapped or be sent to various prisons, the risk of being rapped, robbed or shot. In that state you will be in search of your agent while he searches for you as well. Your host will serve you with dry bread and biscuits but with all those dry breads and biscuits you careless of it because you thinking of what to take along in the ship. Almost the whole city of Tripoli is filled with rebels and smugglers. You would hear the news of death migrants in the boat but then you still won't give up on the journey."
He added : "The journey starts mostly on Friday nights. The boat I went into had 600 people onboard 104 loss their lives. The second deck of our boat was destroyed making our boat lose balance. sometimes you pay 600 dinar, 900 dinar or 1300 dinar.
With heavy waves our boat got lost and was heading to an unknown destination. An English ship came to our rescue but then they could not help because they were communicating with the Italian authorities while we stared looking at each other with signs of relief. If we had spent one more night at sea we would all lose our lives. The risk started when the English ship led us to Italy. Upon arrival at the Italian border we were rescued by helicopters and sea operators. The moment I was rescued I had to bow down and thanked Allah while I shed tears reflecting on those who passed through our journey.
Upon arrival I was picked up by humanitarian organisations who helped me with my medical check up. I was later adopted by a family that made life easy for me in Italy. They took care of me very well and asked for my goals in life; without hesitation I told them education but also made mention of football as my profession.
I played for 6 months without having my papers, after been granted a permit of two years I requested a FIFA clearance from Rome which took four months which I was not able to play or show what I can do. The decision arrived with facts, on an event of semi final I was straight to the starting 11 the rest of the crowd made me unsettled but the coach kept motivating me to go for it, but I was never confident.
The second game was no different from the first but I manged to score a goal and it was out of good luck. Fans started to sing songs of my name and cheered whenever I had the ball in my possession. I was dubbed as Yaya Toure; often I have been asked why I was not representing The Gambia but I know my status as a refugee would not grant me the dream. With all these sacrifices life teaches us to be patient, today I can thank God with all the hardship I faced from back home to the journey things are getting into place."
Even knowing the pain and struggle Alfusainey passed through I believe he is successful. Pursue your dreams and enjoy your passion, because that is who you are.
A ‘Face-to-Face’ challenge on the preparation of the 4th April 2017 wrestling between Gambia’s Kunta Kinteh and Senegalese Oussin Dolleh which is set to take place at Stade Ibar Diop in Dakar was recently held at the Westfield Monument. It was the second meeting after the first one was held in Dakar two weeks ago.
Dubbed. “Drappo Senegambia”, the much-awaited combat named after President Macky Sall and President Adama Barrow, will coincide with Senegal’s Independence Day.
The face-to-face brought various wrestlers who challenged one another for the upcoming bouts.
The spectacular event was graced by hundreds of wrestling enthusiasts, Senegal’s Ambassador to The Gambia, Salious Njie, Gambia’s Sports Minister Henry Gomez, members of the National Sports Council and the Gambia Wrestling Federation who were invited by the promoters, Assan Njie of Baol Promotion and Lamin Cham of Champion Sounds promotion.
The wrestlers that challenged each other in the face-to-face contest were Kunta Kinteh vs Oussin Dolleh, Zoss vs Siteu, and Tyson 2 vs Garga 2.
During the face-to-face, the wrestlers were each confident of victory over his opponent, but what is certain is that there wont be any easy combat for any of the wrestlers.
Meanwhile, hundreds of Gambians are preparing to travel to Dakar to support Kunta Kinteh to victory against a renowned and highly respect wrestler Oussin Dolleh.
The head coach of an unlucky The Gambia Ports Authority (GPA) team, Alagie Sarr has told The Mamos TV that he is optimistic of making it through to the group stage of the CAF Confederation Cup. The Ferry Boys, as they called, draw 1-1 with Ah-Hilal FC of Sudan on Sunday in the first leg of the CAF Conderation playoff, played at the Independence Stadium.
Modou Njie Sarr scored for the Gambia Ports Authority in the 44th minute, while Mofadal Al Hassan equalised for Al Hilal in the 62nd minute. Sarr said his opponent is not a better side and was very confident of a better result in the return leg in a week time. The head coach of Al Hilal, Ebrahim Hassein was content with the away point and vowed to finish the work when they host GPA.
Yusupha Njie aided Fus Rabat to Caf confederation cup group stages, Bakary Jatta made bundesliga debut, Goals festive among Ousman Manneh, Yaya Kujabi , Ali Sowe , Omar Colley as Pa Omar Babou netted his 18th league goal.
Yusupha Njie formerly of Real de Banjul helped Fus Rabat to the group stages of this year's CAF confederation cup. His goal in the 55th minutes helped secure Al Rubati to beat FES Maghreb 3-2 on aggregate despite the host pulling one back to levelled the second tie.
Much of the weekend build-up talking point was Man Utd's inabality to see off their chances upfront. The reverse must be said to Vibonese who fails to shut down teams in the final third of matches. Their last three draws saw them dropped points in the last ten mintues of the games. Saturday was no exceptional either as Ali Sowe four minutes low shot goal failed to give Vibonese the huge three points. Paganese levelled the scores through penalty in the 86th minute through Cicerelli.
Ousman Manneh of Bremen U23 side scored his fifth league goal in the 61st minute against Jahn Regensburg , but the white and green failed to come back in the game. His goal served as a consolation instead of redemption.
Pa omar Babou who represented the Gambia U20 last year netted his 18th league goal in 22 games on saturday against Bnei Sachnin in Israel U19 category. The right-wing player has 16 assist on his name too.
Madi Fatty went home with the man of the match performance when Nairy Tally did the double over Jaraff in the Senegalese League 1. Madi could have gotten his name on the first goal but unfortunately his tap in was weak as Matarr Lo slot it home. The build-up started with Madi who played the full back and by the time the cross reached the 18 yard, Madi was there to connect it. It ended Nairy Tally 2 Jaraff 0.
Linguere game against Stade de Mbour ended 1-1 ,which saw Yaya Kujabi score for the visiting team through a classic header. Gambia's international goalie Alagie Jobe wasn't feautred because of a foot injury.
A rainy weather saw Bubacarr Jobe's Aik Skövde beat gambia's international midfielder Dawda Ngums side Rosenborg 1-0 in season premier of the swedish first division league(Third tier).
Buba Sanneh's Ac Horsens collected their first three points of the second round on matchday 29. Wild celebration was seen when Moller headed the ball in the back of the net at the Blue Water Arena in the 72nd minutes. A relieved three points one must add.
Hamza Barry missed Hadjuk's weekend win over Cibalije through suspension. Elsewhere Alagie Bah & Emil Sambou Santos FC fall to Ngebo taps in from close range in the 89th minute to keep the cape town team rooted at the botton of the national first division. The echos of Crespo sound so devastating that I had to borrow notes from David Moyes post match interview where he state"We’ll keep believing while we’re in with a chance, somewhere along the line hope the football gods will shine on us.”
Bouyed with their two away goals in Celta Vigo , Omar Colley's Genk swept 3-0 passed Kortrijk in their group B europa league play-off. The gambian skipper rose to head in a cross in the 66th minute to make it 2-0.
Dae Kim Scored Yanbian Fundes first goal of the season , minutes after Steve found himself unlucky to levelled the tie. Yanbian were granted bail to collect all the three points against Hebei FC but kim aimed his shot over the cross-bar in an open goal .Steve tweeted "Good team performance; unlucky not to have gotten away with the win.1-1 draw with Hebei CFFC not bad. Hopefully get our first win soon!
Brikama born striker Bakary Jatta is the first gambian to ever play for Hamburg when he was introduced in the nordderby between Bremen v Hamburg. The striker came in the 83rd minute in place of Kostic but Bremen came from behind to snatch a win as they go nine games unbeaten. Jatta on his debut with Journalists "it is the beginning of my great dream. I hope it goes on now so for me"
By Buba Jallow Fallaboweh
On Easter Monday afternoon both Chelsea FC and John Terryboth himself released a statement, saying that John Terry will leave Stamdford bridge after playing for two decades. Untimely? Distraction for our league ambitions? Whatever the motives behind the announcement , most of us knew that one day John Terry will leave and we hope he comes back sooner.
Terry's exit will mark the end of an era for that generation or group of John Terry , Peter Cech , Frank Lampard & Didier Drogba. John Terry is everything that Chelsea stands for, our victories ,journeys , nightmares wouldn't be meaningful without John Terry giving it a meaning. Terry gives us assurance and desire to fight as a lion. With him I see hope. My second Chelsea jersey is John Terry's jersey #26.
John Terry, in his statement, said: "After 22 years there is so much to say and so many people to thank in this great football club. From coaches, team-mates and staff to the fans who have given me so much support down the years."
Below are the comments of some of the fans:
Supported Chelsea since 2004:
"We all knew Terry would leave but it's not until you realise he's the only Chelsea captain you are used to, the player that portrays what the real Chelsea is, that you feel a cold chill down your back. He is a Captain, Leader and Legend."
Ingram Peters Jr
Chelsea fan since 1997 , said, "I Watched Terry come through the ranks with Jon Harley. I remember when he netted his first goal against Peterborough in the FA cup last eight in 2000. I remember when he netted that goal against Barcelona. I remember when he donned gloves and kept a clean sheet. My heart leapt into my mouth when he was kicked unconscious in the 07 league cup final. I remember countless times how he has fought for the shirt,the fans,the club,his reputation. With Terry you get Mr reliable. He wasn't just a skipper,he was Mr Chelsea. And here's a little trivia: from Barking, where he was born,to Fulham Broadway is 26 stops. What's his shirt number? Why, 26, of course! Captain, leader, Legend."
"Not everyone's cup of tea outside of chelsea but no doubting his ability and everyone would love a JT at their club. Absolute legend for us."
Mutungi from kampala,
Supporting Chelsea since 1998.
"It's sad to see JT leave,but it had to happen, the new boss has brought a system that doesn't suit him and those starting are doing an exceptional job.
However, he goes out as a legend and the best player to ever don the blue shirt at chelsea. we would appreciate if his 26 shirt is rested. and maybe a testimonial as well."
John Terry – Chelsea career
578 times captain
713 apps, 3rd most for club
66 goals, top scoring defender
4 PL starts in 16-17 97
"Watched Terry come through the ranks with Jon Harley. I remember when he netted his first goal against Peterborough in the FA cup last eight in 2000. I remember when he netted that goal against Barcelona. I remember when he donned gloves and kept a clean sheet. My heart leapt into my mouth when he was kicked unconscious in the 07 league cup final. I remember countless times how he has fought for the shirt,the fans,the club,his reputation. With Terry you get Mr reliable. He wasn't just a skipper,he was Mr Chelsea. And here's a little trivia: from Barking, where he was born,to Fulham Broadway is 26 stops. What's his shirt number? Why, 26, of course! Captain, leader, Legend."
"Not everyone's cup of tea outside of chelsea but no doubting his ability and everyone would love a JT at their club. Absolute legend for us."
John Terry – Chelsea career
578 times captain
713 apps, 3rd most for club
66 goals, top scoring defender
4 PL starts in 16-17
The KM 3rd Division has just played 2 games when GFF abruptly. The football federation has sighted to interfere with the KM 3rd division administration. A 16 team league was extended to 17 were the KM accommodated one slot from Bakau which doesn't go well with the Bakau committe who in return reported the matter to the federation.
The first stand-off from the federation gave the referee association notice not to referee any KM match in retaliation to that the KM executive stopped the Gamtel vs Samger match at the serrekunda east stadium because the fields belong to them. Its a pity that the GFF executives haven't learned from the letter which LRRFA reminded them regional constitution belong to the region and therefore should not subject to any dictations.
Although the role of the federation through its presidency is to supervise, support and oversee but not withstandingly remain independent when dealing with regional affairs. Since November, 16 teams have been training only to play 2 games, the Ramadan is fast approaching and Nawettan games aswel. How long shall we deprive footballers from playing football?
The beneficiaries which is the footballers Should be bigger than us. I find it hypocritical and least disappointed that the FA president attended a congress in CRR,while the 3rd division is at haul. Mustapha Kebbeh once told me "its only a coward who fears to entertain or hide his agendas from the stakeholders.
Therefore I see football as means where everybody can contribute and be given equal opportunity. The delegation which went to CRR plus the manpower could have been used wisely, to resolve the standoff in KM region, but the KM executive engagement where all given a deaf ear Which is quiet unethical, the federations only resolution to this problem is to push the KM executives to congress.
Previous stand-off in Kenya and Sierra Leone only delayed time, football should give the youths hope and provide them the opportunity to showcase life skills but such stand-off cannot be seen as providing football development .
The death of Hamidou Badjie shows that football is losing its meaning among the youths any kind of government drawing examples of Jammeh regime and the current regime should not be hindered for football to change the life of people, for example looking at Guinea Bissau and Zimbabwe, 2 countries from bad economy and dictorial rule made it to the African Cup of nations, therefore we cannot rely on government to produce results, rather we should make our own opportunity.
By Buba Jallow Fallaboweh