Speaking in an exclusive interview with The Standard, Jabbie said the level of involvement and responsibility taken by all the zones and fans have all combined to ensure a trouble- free tournament. “I and my committee are very grateful to the GFF, the people of The Gambia and all stakeholders for ensuring such a great show this year. As I jokingly remarked to the GFF president at the final, the Super Nawettan too, has been normalised,” Jabbie quipped.
According to the SOC chairman the decision to use top and elite referees has contributed to the quality of refereeing thus eliminating any chance for anyone to cause violence blamed on refereeing decisions.
“On the side of the fans, we are generally pleased with all fans but I must put on record that the exemplary behaviour of the Bakau fans at the final was very touching and gave us as a committee and nation, a good feeling that we have now come of age in our attitudes to sports,” Jabbie said.
On the future of the Super Nawettan Jabbie said the event will remain as the flag bearer of all domestic football programmes in this country giving its unrivaled popularity. “That is why we also want to use it to leave a legacy in terms of football development. You may like to know that we have decided to keep all the gate takings from the final match and 60 percent from the quarter finals and semi –finals matches with the aim of securing seed money to finance the development of at least one football ground in the under- developed zones,” he said, explaining that SOC intends to approach appropriate agencies such as Gamworks to explore the possibility of realizing this project.]]>