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 The stakeholders took issue with Fifa over that decision and queried how many stakeholders have influenced Fifa to reach such a decision. They also appealed to Fifa to restore the former GFF executive.

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In response, Fifa on Wednesday dispatched a three paragraph letter to the stakeholders reaffirming its decision to appoint a normalisation committee to run Gambian football affairs as well as organise elections on September 15. Below is the full content of the Fifa response letter to the stakeholders:

“Dear members,

We acknowledge receipt of your correspondences with regard to the nomination of a normalisation committee by the Fifa Emergency Committee on 10 July 2014. We can inform you that, in the meantime, the members of the normalisation committee have been identified and their names communicated to the general secretary of the Gambia Football Federation (GFF).

As stated in our previous letters, the Normalisation Committee is tasked with the organisation of the election of a new GFF executive committee by 15 September 2014 at the latest. In the meantime, it will also run the daily affairs of the GFF.

We take note of your complaints but we want to stress that all decisions made with regard to the GFF, notably the setting up of the normalisation committee, were coming from the legitimate Fifa organs. It is therefore pointless to try to individualise your disagreement with the Fifa decisions. A new electoral process is about to start and it will be open to whoever complies with the statutory requirements. We trust that the normalisation committee will succeed in achieving the objectives set by Fifa and that it will count on the support of all GFF stakeholders.”


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