Gambia: Ex-govt. minister elected football head
22 September 2014, 19:02
Dakar - A former government minister has been elected president of the Gambian football federation in a move that has been criticized as being about politics and not sport.
Lamin Kaba Bajo, a former interior minister, narrowly won Saturday's vote. Critics say some candidates were barred from standing.
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The vote was held after FIFA dissolved the GFF board in April saying it had lost the confidence of "major stakeholders."
Another former government minister, Sidi Sanneh, said in a Facebook post that the election of government-backed candidate Kaba Bajo means football in the West African country is "no longer sport; it is pure politics." FIFA rules prohibit governments from interfering in football matters.
Gambia is serving a two-year ban after it was found guilty of fielding overage players in a youth tournament.