Faye said, in his commentary on Monday, that, he is surprised to see the GFA releasing the 1st Division fixtures without even the annual clubs management meeting, in which the FA meet with clubs to post mortem the 2008/9 season and map out the direction of the 2009/10 season.
And the Football Association didn’t waste any time to respond to the article with its own release sent to all media houses in the country. I also had an exclusive interview with the Secretary General of the FA Jammeh EK Bojang regarding the issue and you can listen to it on the AUDIO SECTION OF OUR SITE AT THE RIGHT HAND SIDE OF OUR HOMEPAGE.
BELOW IS THE FULL TEXT OF THE RELEASE ISSUED BY THE FA AND SIGNED BY JAMMEH EK BOJANG:
REACTIONS – GFA: ANOTHER TECHNICAL MISJUDGEMENT
Firstly, we are tempted to question the rationale behind the publication of the article “GFA – Another Technical misjudgement” since reading between the lines, a football technician would see the barrenness in the whole exposition.
Over the years’ some of our so – called “technicians” decried the late commencement of the National league and further suggested that the National leagues should kick-off in November / December to enable our teams’ to be active before their engagement in the CAF Champions’ league and the Confederation Cup that kick-off in January of each year. Has this proposal been forgotten? Not with us anyway.
We are fully aware of the proposals forwarded to us by the Gambia Football Coaches Association (GFCA) in which it was also asserted that the GFA should organize more competitions to engender high fitness levels for our players. In the absence of sponsors, we sincerely opted to increase the number of league matches per team weekly to two to generate competitiveness. In fact this concept was equally propagated by some “technicians” but once implemented, most of them back-tracked on it and claimed that it was too much demanding on our young players.
It can be recalled that on some of the media “talk – shows”, some “pundits” criticize the GFA for not having a calendar of activities. Isn’t it funny to hear such consternation coming from people who claim to be above board whilst they can’t manage a club to success? On a mordant note, what is the GFA? It is an Association of clubs / stakeholders and not as perceived by critics to mean a few people in its management. By drawing up fixtures for an early start to the league season, we are adhering to the recommendations put forward to management. But it is the responsibility of the clubs / teams (all respect to them) to arrange their own pre-season training programs for the past several months, we believe it is appropriate enough to present league fixtures to the Pre-season management meeting on December 5, 2009 since it is the responsibility of the Executive Committee to ratify and adopt all documents and proposals regarding football in any National Association.
We are aware that some “pundits” are out to create acrimony between management and league clubs by dilating on issues that they do not understand so as to sow seeds of discord. As it stands, the relations between the Executive Committee and affiliates of The GFA are very cordial and no one will be encouraged to pique this partnership.
Finally, we want to assure all and sundry that we are open to positive propositions and constructive criticisms but any unnecessary rebuttal on our game and National Associations will be dispelled appropriately.