Fox Sports advisor wants Gambia’s FA reconsider quitting WAFU

BY: John Mendy and Momodou Gajaga in Cape Coast, Ghana

Fox Sports Africa senior advisor and TV football commentator Barry Lambert has said that the Gambia Football Federation (GFF) should reconsider their decision to quit future WAFU competitions.

On 11th September, the GFF said it is considering its position within the West African Football Union (WAFU) amid poor refereeing that cost Gambia’s early exit in the ongoing WAFU Cup of nations by hosts Ghana.

The comments came after refereeing controversies at the last two regional tournaments. This is the second consecutive WAFU Cup of Nations tournament in which The Gambia feel they have been treated unfairly.

In an exclusive interview with the Sports Journalists’ Association representatives in Elmina, Ghana, the former Super Sport channel CEO and Founder on Tuesday, Barry Lambert said: “I don’t believe he will take that decision, I really don’t because personally he will say that ‘I want to better African football, I want to better the Gambia’s football and under that circumstance, where can I play?’”

“It doesn’t work like that. You will have to come and play to witness the competition. I know how much the FA president wants to develop football in Gambia and I know how much he wants to improve the game to get it high in the esteem of African football. But I don’t think by ignoring WAFU or the competition itself, will improve that,” he said.

Fox Sports Africa and WAFU will this Friday host all the 16 FA Presidents in Accra including Lamin Kaba Bajo for an evaluation and resolution meeting for the way forward of the regional football championship.

Barry said: “I think also with recommendations we are about to make this weekend to the 16 FA President in Accra, I hope they accept our recommendations.”

It could be recalled that FOX Networks Group (FNG) entered into a multi-year Partnership that will help develop football in both West Zones A and B. This multi-million-dollar sponsorship package will enable each Zonal Union to host and organize a bi-annual Challenge Cup for Senior National teams with effect from 2017.

This package will also provide our Zonal Unions with the opportunity to organize other competitions for all categories – U-17, U-20, U-23 and Senior National teams (local players only) in every quarter of the year.