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The Normalisation Committee of the Gambia Football Federation yesterday issued a statement announcing what it called the partial lifting of the Caf two-year ban on The Gambia for alleged deliberate falsifying of a player’s age.

According to the NC statement, these developments came following the visit of Chairman Alhagie Sillah to Algeria where he met senior Caf and Fifa executive members.

”The meeting accorded the chairman the opportunity to discuss with Caf officials the situation surrounding the Normalisation Committee and their task. Honourable Sillah was also assured of Caf’s support and was advised to submit a funding proposal for the construction of additional hotel facilities at the Centre of Excellence at Yundum,” the release stated.

 The NC statement further revealed that the new state-of-the-art design proposal will be presented to Caf officials by the chairman when he travels to Ethiopia next month for a Caf meeting.

 According to the NC, the partial lifting will also accord the Gambia national team, the Scorpions, a chance to play an international friendly match against African teams including Morocco, later in October pending finalisation of arrangements. ”This is in line with Caf’s determination to effect minimum disruption in all football related activities in the country,” the statement added.

The Normalisation Committee further assured stakeholders in football that they will do whatever it takes to help secure the resumption of normal football in The Gambia and continue to count on their support for the completion of the task that is given to them by Fifa.

”Once again, we wish to express our profound and sincere appreciation on the role of Fifa and Caf in the development of football in The Gambia,” the statement concluded.


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