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Thursday, October 29, 2020

FOOTBALL IMPASSE LINGERS ..as deadline passes

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Not even a looming deadline with all its gloomy consequences could break the deadlock in the football impasse between the GFF, and the NSC.

The deadline given by Fifa for the NSC to withdraw or Gambia face sanctions passed last night and no official statement came from either the NSC or the world football governing body it-self.
However The Standard has been reliably informed that Fifa and the Minster of Sports Henry Gomez have finally been in touch over the matter by yesterday. Fifa had initially said it could not contact minister Gomez who was away in Europe. It also said there is still a possibility for dialogue between the GFF, NSC and itself over the matter as partners but insisted it will refer the matter to its higher office if the NSC did not withdraw its action.

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With no official statement on what transpired between the minster and Fifa, the nation was reduced to suspense and speculations as to what will follow next.

A keen observer of the matter yesterday suggested that everything depends on what transpired between the Minister and Fifa. “It is not often that Fifa will change its position but if there exists a chance for dialogue, Fifa will grant the chance to resolve the matter. In that case either a Fifa delegation will be in Banjul asap or the two parties could be invited to Fifa, ”he said.

But another source hinted that up until last night there appeared to be no sign as to whether the NSC or MoYs will relent or capitulate. “From the looks of things this looks like a real impasse that will take lots of tangles to solve,” our source said.

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