By Bekai Njie
The president of The Gambia Football Federation and two other senior executive members have been suspended by the National Sports Council (NSC), a media release said.
Lamin Kabba Bajo, the president, Ebou Faye, the 2nd vice president of GFF and Bakary Jammeh ex-co-member have all been suspended with immediate effect by the NSC and are urged to hand over to the 1st vice president of GFF barely nine days before the country’s football fraternity elects a new president to run the affairs of Gambian football.
The National Sports Council issued this directive in a release signed by executive secretary, Marcel Mendy, and copied to the secretary general and Head of Civil Service, secretary general of Confederation of African Football (CAF), Inspector General of Police, permanent secretary Ministry of Youths and Sports and other relevant stakeholders.
The suspension came following the instruction and recommendation of the National Assembly Select Committee on Youths and Sports on the outcome of the investigation into alleged tax fraud involving the officials of The GFF and legal advice from Ministry of Justice, pursuant to Section 16 of the National Council Act 2000.
“I have been directed to convey to you that the National Sports Council has decided to suspend Mr. Kaba Bajo, Mr. Ebou Faye and Mr. Bakary Jammeh from the GFF with immediate effect.”
“They are therefore, required to handover to the 1st vice president of GFF, Mr. Abdoulie Jallow with immediate effect.”
The GFF President Lamin Kabba Bajo, confirmed receiving a letter from the NSC. However, he declined to comment further on the matter. “We received the letter and we are making some consultation with relevant stakeholders as to what step we will take,” he said in an interview.