Monday, February 6

HUMILIATING DRAMA UNFOLDS AT THE BANJUL AIRPORT, AS GAMBIA’S FOOTBALL BODY GFF STRIPS ITS UNDER 20 PLAYERS, FORCING THEM TO RETURN GFF JERSEY TRACKSUITS; AFTER PAYING EACH PLAYER D6,000, DALASIS, WHICH IS ROUGHLY £ 100 POUNDS STERLING FOR TAKING PART IN THE AFRICAN UNDER 20 CHAMPIONSHIP SERIES!

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A humiliating drama happened yesterday at the Banjul International Airport, as an official of The Gambia Football Federation (GFF)stripped the under 20 football team upon their return to Banjul by asking the players to surrender the less than one thousand dalasis tracksuit uniforms that were allocated to them during the African under 20 championship series held in Mauritania, Freedom Newspaper can report. The GFF official identified as Omar, was behind this disrespectful fiasco meted out to the promising under 20 team. The players were asked to surrender their tracksuits before exiting the airport.  Some of the players complied, while others have pleaded with the GFF official to be given time to return their jerseys. It was an embarrassing moment at the airport. The players couldn’t believe that GFF would treat them in such an inhumane manner. They were told that there was nothing strange about the GFF asking players to return the football body’s tracksuits, as that was the norm at Gambia’s Football authority. That players are required to return tracksuits after performing in international series, one official told them.

The GFF drama happened shortly after the players had landed at the airport from a Moroccan flight. Pa Suwareh, GFF’s Director of Sports, and the GFF technical staff, numbering over ten of them, were present when the players were asked to surrender their tracksuits. Coach Matarr Mboge was present when the drama happened.

The players have been away from the country for over a month, taking part in the African under 20 championship series held in Mauritania. They emerged third position during the tournament. Ghana won that series after defeating the Ugandan team.

On returning home, The Gambian under 20 team, were rewarded with an airport jersey strip. They were asked to return their jerseys.

“This is why football will never advance in this country. This is an insult to the game and our players. These tracksuits cost less than one thousand dalasis. Our players were asked to return it, this is sad. These people are not promoting football. They are out to kill it. They are just there for their pockets,” said a football fan.

The Gambian players were each paid six thousand dalasis (D6,000) which is roughly one hundred pounds sterling (£ 100) for taking part in the African under 20 championship series, while their Ugandan colleagues were each issued $4,000 dollars check after the tournament.

It would be recalled that The Gambian President Adama Barrow had donated D2 million dalasis to the GFF in a bit to help the football body in taking care of its expenses while away taking part in the African football series.

“The GFF management are heartless. They are only after their own interest. They flew with a large delegation just to earn per diems. Over ten people from their technical team staff flew with the boys. While other countries are taking care of their players, the GFF is openly disrespecting our players. What happened at the airport yesterday constitutes what I would call an airport strip. Our players were stripped of their tracksuits bearing Gambia’s name,” said another football fan.

The GFF officials could not be reached for comment at press time.

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