26 C
City of Banjul
Wednesday, September 30, 2020

NORMALISATION COMMITTEE STILL AWAITED

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The world football governing body acted on Article 7 part B of its statutes to remove the GFF justifying that the Gambian federation has lost the confidence of major stakeholders of football in the country. Fifa also announced the appointment of a Normalisation Committee.

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However since then officials are still silent on the identity of the members of the Normalisation Committee.

Once again The Standard contacted both the Ministry of Youth and Sports and the GFF secretariat but none of the officials there could confirm who are in the NC or when they will be installed.

While it is highly speculated that the Rectification Committee set up by MoYS to replace the then suspended GFF executive could get the nod to step in pending Fifa approval, officials would not confirm this only saying that this is a Fifa matter.

However The Standard received a strong indication that a Fifa envoy would be flying to Banjul pretty soon to set the Normalisation Committee rolling. Fifa said the NC would last until September 15 when elections would be conducted.

Talking about those elections one expert yesterday told The Standard that it could be another bruising encounter as delegates divided by their stance on Gambian football wrestle for control again. ”But you can expect more thickening plots and canvassing than before,” an excited football political animal commented to The Standard. The last normalisation period was marred by controversy with some of the policies of the committe attracting strong criticism from other stakeholders.

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