Gunjur cry foul amid GFF refusal to award deserving players
One might not believe that a well established and organised sports body like The Gambia Football Federation (GFF) will be carried away by sentiments in their dispensation of duties as the football governing body of the country, but this is exactly what they did to the former Super Nawettan Champions, Gunjur. In the 2016 Zonal Championship(Super Nawettan), Gunjur emerged not only as champions but has also amassed some individual prizes like the best player of the tournament and the leading goalscorer award which up to the time of going to press were not awarded. This denial of individual awards to Gunjur while Banjul got their Golden boot award without delay, has caused some widespread condemnation and an accusation of bias from GFF. In a letter dated 22nd May 2017, Gunjur through their Head of Competition Mr. Momodou Charreh Jibba and Mr. Ebrima Jammeh President of the zonal committee expressed their dismay and disappointment in the way their players are treated with regards to the individual prizes they won. Below we reproduced the said letter verbatim: The chairman SNOC Football House Kanifing 22nd May, 2017 Dear sir, On behalf of the Gunjur zonal team, I write with regret and dismay to express our disappointment in the way our players are treated with regards to the individual prizes they won. It is shocking and unbelievable that these individual award winners still cannot receive their trophies & money. Gunjur zonal team 2016 was aware that there were individual awards , and the awards were all named after prominent legends. In collaboration with the sports journalist association of the Gambia, the deserved or lucky winners of these awards have been announced during the finale. WE were delighted to know that Mbemba Fatty of Gunjur was declared the leading goalscorer and Salifu Bojang was pronounced the Best player.
However, we understood that the situation in the stadium did not permit a beautiful ceremony that we fittingly deserve. We are really sad that the winners still do not receive their dues, and there was never an official explanation to this issue. As we do not want to question the impartiality of the S N O C or put its integrity at stake, therefore we hereby write to officially draw your immediate attention in other to respond to this situation. As the head of competitions of Gunjur zone and the Asst.Secretary of S N O C I believe this matter can be quickly solved and avoid going out of hand. I have a consensus captured in our minutes that IF the F I Bank did not come up with cash for the individual prizes, that the SNOC should pay out the winners. We thank you for your attention and we hope sincerely that this letter will be given urgent attention and consideration. We remain, Yours-in-sports Momodou Charreh Jibba ( Head of competition ) Ebrima Jammeh (President zonal team )
It could be recalled that the head coach of Gunjur Zonal Team Baboucarr Bojang raised similar concerns after his team qualified to the semi finals of this year’s competition, about why his players are yet to receive their awards from the 2016 tournament.