Fight Over Cash-Strapped GFA Begins

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Adama Halla Samba

The coffers of the Gambia Football Association (GFA) may be running dry but that does not mean the fight to control the body will be easy. Two aspiring contenders of the GFA presidency – Adama Hala Samba, the President of Wallidan FC and Modou Musa, former GFA Vice President – have 100 days to flex their muscle for the bout on March 31, 2013.

On December 8th two third of the GFA member clubs approved an amendment that called for a congress to be held in 2013. This will close chapter for the Normalization Committee, which came into office after the government removed the administration of Seedy Kinteh from office.

Informed sources told Kibaaro News that while Mr. Samba’s drive to run for office has been spurred by “my sound knowledge and experience of the Gambian game as a player, coach and administrator”, Mr. Musa on the other hand, was believed to be handpicked by the GFA Normalization Committee.

It’s hard to predict who will win the fight to lead the GFA, an association that has been at the center of it all. Halla Samba and Modou Musa are left at the mercy of clubs.

Whoever is elected will most likely inherit a cash-strapped association. The congress comes on the heels of unconfirmed reports that the World Football governing body (FIFA) has shunned the GFA, suspending financial assistance to the association. GFA sources said the Normalization Committee’s numerous attempts to get FIFA annual financial assistance have so far bore no fruit. Resumption of assistance depends on the election of an executive committee in March.

Sources also added that the GFA is already struggling to pay staff salaries, and by December 31st it would have six month’s salary arrears.