By Alieu Ceesay
The Chairman of the National Sports Council (NSC), Mr. Borri Darboe has emphasised that the move to probe into the dealings of The Gambia Football Federation is ‘just an investigation and not a witch-hunt.’
The National Sports Council on Tuesday appointed a committee chaired by Honorable Alhagie S. Darbo, former football administrator-turned lawmaker to investigate the Lamin Kaba Bajo-led executive.
Other members include Mr Alpha Omar Jallow, Head of Audit at ECO Bank Gambia Ltd; Sheriff K Jobe Legal Practitioner; Mr Baboucarr Senghore, Gambia Radio and Television Services (Sport Desk); Musa Jassey Civil Engineer, Sarr Construction and a representative of the Gambia Police Force.
The GFF has strongly refuted the allegations against them and have also threatened not to cooperate with the investigations in a respond to NSC. Football House also claimed that the NSC is acting outside its mandate.
However NSC chairman Darboe said the committee comprises of people with integrity, whilst thanking them for accepting to serve in the committee.
“So, accepting to come here is pride for us (NSC) because you are not doing it for the NSC, but for the nation. The nation is in suspense at the moment for the fact that the GFF is been alleged of many issues,” he said during the inauguration of the committee on Wednesday.
Among the alleged issues surrounding the GFF include, but not limited to the FIFA-funded Goal Project in Yundum, Regional Football Associations elections, and some alleged financial mismanagement.
Borri Darboe added: “We are guided by Article 18 (C and D) that talked about discipline, national interest and violation of constitutions. The NSC Act also empowered the Council to ban, suspend and so on.”
He reminded the GFF not to fear if they are clean.