The Gambian team may have stopped at the semifinal of the Plate section of the recent Wafu Nations Cup, but the country also made starling participation in the tournament’s success.
The final of the tournament was officiated by Gambian referee Omar Sallah while the very first match of the tournament was presided over by Gambian match commissioner Ba Jabbie.
Speaking to The Standard on his return from Senegal where the tournament took place Mr Jabbie said the Gambia may not have achieved the targeted desire on the football pitch but the country has a very important place in Wafu.
‘To start with the secretariat of the biggest zone of the union is based in Banjul headed by a Gambian, Jammeh Bojang,” Mr Jabbie said.
The Standard was informed that only two match commissioners presided over all 22 matches, one of Elhaji IbrahimKemokofrom Niger and Ba Jabbie from The Gambia.
Both were decorated with medals in recognition of their performances.
The Standard also got information that the issue about relocating the Wafu secretariat from Banjul to Dakar was discussed.”I was informed that such an issue was raised and the GFF president Lamin Kaba Bajo put up a robust defence for the office to remain in Banjul and he has so far succeeded.The office is staying here. I think the GFF should be commended for fighting for the national interest in this matter,” Mr Jabbie said.
Overall, according to Mr Jabbie, the tournament was memorable and very rewarding for the Gambia and West Africa. ”I would like to thank the organisers in general and our zonal secretary general and compatriot Jammeh EK Bojang,” Jabbie concluded.