Gambian football Federation (GFF) threatened with sanctions by FIFA
The world’s football governing body FIFA is threatening unspecified sanctions on Gambia over perceived interference in the administration of the sport in the country, APA learnt from a statement on Thursday.In the statement to the Gambia Football Federation, FIFA issued an ultimatum to the National Sports Council to cease investigating alleged financial impropriety by the federation by next Monday or face punishment from the governing body.
The GFF was requested by FIFA to convey its message to Youth and Sports minister, Henry Gomez.
The stewardship of Gambian football hit crisis mode earlier this month when the sport’s governing body challenged an alleged decision by the NSC to suspend its senior officials, including its president Lamin Kaba Bajo who were accused of fraud.
The NSC reportedly suspended members of the GFF over its alleged failure to cooperate with a committee set up by the council to probe a supposed financial impropriety by the federation.
The GFF came under widespread public bashing for allegedly misusing funds allocated to it by FIFA to develop football in The Gambia.
It has also been heavily criticized for not doing enough to improve Gambia’s international football pedigree which has plummeted over the past eight years.
The national teams have not qualified for any major international competition since winning the under-17 African championship in Algeria in 2009.
FIFA consistently frowns on government interference in football administration and reacts with stiff penalties including suspension or expulsion from the body.
The GFF founded in 1952 as The Gambia Football Association is the sole FIFA-recognized football governing body in the country.
It became affiliated with FIFA and CAF in 1966 and 1968 respectively.