According to the release, it was in fact President Jammeh who dispatched the delegation to hold talks with Fifa and Caf officials in line with his desire to see The Gambia return to competitive football as soon as possible.
“As customary, the President of the Republic desires to see The Gambia return to competitive football as soon as possible because of his love for football and general interest in the wellbeing of Gambian youth. Thus, he directs that no stone be left unturned to dialogue with all relevant parties,” the release stated.
While in Brazil, the MOYS release went on, the delegation was joined by the Gambia Football Federation (GFF) delegation in various meetings and engagement with both Fifa and Caf.
The statement further disclosed that the meetings were fruitful as it was established that The Gambia clearly committed an error in this case. However, according to the MOYS statement, both Caf and Fifa expressed overwhelming sympathy with The Gambia and support the appeal to readmit Gambian football into international competitions in earnest.
”Evidently, this is the moment when all energies, knowledge, ideas, skills and wherewithal need to be marshalled and coalesced to once and for all put in place structures and mechanisms that are all encompassing, embracing and inclusive for the advancement of football in the country.
“We wish to reassure all and sundry that the Government of His Excellency, President Jammeh is committed to ensuring that public trust and confidence be brought back to our football in the interest of the well-being of its citizens,” the statement concluded.]]>