Borri Darboe: It is an investigation, not a witch-hunt

BY: Alieu Ceesay 

The Chairman of the National Sports Council (NSC), Mr. Borri Darboe has emphasized that the move to probe into the dealings of The Gambia Football Federation is 'just an investigation and not a witch-hunt.'

The National Sports Council on Tuesday appointed a committee chaired by Honorable Alhagie S. Darbo, former football administrator-turned lawmaker to investigate the Lamin Kaba Bajo-led executive.

Other Investigation Team Members include; Mr Alpha Omar Jallow, Head of Audit at ECO Bank Gambia Ltd; Mr Namorry Trawally, Former President of the Gambia Sports Journalist Association; Sheriff K Jobe Legal Practitioner; Mr Baboucarr Senghore, Gambia Radio and Television Services (Sport Desk); Musa Jassey C/O Sarr Construction and a Representative of the Gambia Police Force.

The GFF has been alleged of many misappropriation by a group of individuals claiming to be 'concerned stakeholders'. The GFF has strongly refuted the allegations against them. They have also threatened not to cooperate with the investigation team in a respond to Nsc Gambia, because according to them, the NSC is acting outside its mandate.

Darboe is an outspoken football stakeholder who has been part of the group opposing the current GFF before his appointment. He said the committee comprises of people with integrity, whilst thanking them for accepting to serve in the committee.

"So, accepting to come here is pride for us (NSC) because you are not doing it for the NSC, but for the nation. The nation is in suspense at the moment for the fact that the GFF is been alleged of many issues," he said during the inauguration of the committee on Wednesday.

Among the alleged issues surrounding the GFF include, but not limited to the FIFA-funded Goal Project in Yundum, Regional Football Associations elections, and some alleged financial mismanagement.

Darboe was part of the Kebbeh-led executive, which was banned for allegedly fielding in five ineligible players in the U20 game between The Gambia and Liberia. That led to the country been suspended by FIFA, which was later lifted.

Borri Darboe added, "we are guided by Article 18 (CandD) that talked about discipline, national interest and violation of constitutions. The NSC Act also empowered the Council to ban, suspend and so on."

He reminded the GFF not to fear if they are clean.