By Lamin Cham
The Gambia Football Federation has appointed Seedy Manneh as its new Referee Manager effective April 2nd.
Manneh replaces Alh. Adama MBYE who retired after the expiry of his contract with the GFF.
Seedy applied for the vacant position together with a few others and was shortlisted for an interview where he passed the test.
A former FIFA/CAF Referee, Seedy joined the field in 1996 and got enlisted into the FIFA international list of Assistant Referees in 2000 and was soon appointed by CAF as part of match Officials for the CAF U-17 Africa Cup of Nations, Gambia in 2005. He officiated four matches during the tourney which The Gambia won.
Having traveled lot across Africa during his career and played two CAF Cup Finals in Nigeria between Dolphins and FAR, Rabat and was twined by his Gambian compatriot Malick Sillah (retired). He also played as Assistant Referee in the final between Egyptian giants Al Ahly and Cfax of Tunisia. His memorable match was a World Cup qualifier between DRC and Ghana in 2004 described as fierce because of it’s intensity.
Seedy is the President of Sukuta Sports Committee and also holds the position of Chairman West Coast Regional Football Association. He also hold a Diploma on Basic Refereeing, a Course he held in Cassablanca in 2007.
Seedy retired voluntarily from active refereeing after he was plagued by a terrible injury in 2009 at the CAF U-20 tournament in Rwanda just shortly before the tournament kick off.
‘I want to thank the GFF for trusting me for the job. I will do my best to fulfill their expectations from me’, Seedy said.