The Gambia Football stakeholders have on Saturday re-elected Lamin Kaba Bajo President of the country’s Football Federation for another four year term.
Bajo won in a clean sweep victory of 63 votes out of the 71 available while six other delegates failed to cast in their votes and two others were declared invalid.
Running mate Malick Sillah boycotted the elections; a notification he made less than 24 hours to go at a press conference organized on Friday.
This was after five of his Executive candidates were disqualification amid failure to meet the required criteria.
In the run up to the Elective congress, Malick Sillah and team called for the suspension of incumbent Lamin Kaba Bajo, his elected 1st vice President Bakary K. Jammeh and 2nd vice President Ebou Faye. This follows an alleged tax fraud investigation carried out by the Gambia Police Force.
Team Kaba Bajo’s 3rd vice President Lang Tombong Tamba have also had his nomination questioned. This Malick’s team alleged that he was convicted of treason; a felonious crime the GFF constitution frowns at.
According to Gambia sports website, despite announcing his withdrawal, Sillah was voted by two delegates.
All other Executive positions were unopposed except for the Third Vice President where Lang Tombong Tamba received 62 votes as opposed to Foday Danjo’s 1 vote in his absence.
In his victory statement, Kaba extended an olive branch to his opponent and says he is opening his doors to Sillah and his team.
“The election is over and I am calling on my brother, Malick Sillah and his colleagues to come and join us to work for (Gambian) football. Football needs you and I won’t hesitate to call you on board if needed,” he said.
*The following people were elected unopposed:*
First Vice President – Bakary K. Jammeh.
Second Vice President – Ebou Faye.
Referees representative – Alhaji Ebrima Faye.
Executive Committee Member without portfolio – Ismaila S. Ceesay.
Female football representatives – Sainabou Cham and Maimuna Kanteh.
According to a statement on the Gambia Football Federation’s social media page, only three clubs in Samger, Brufut United and Lions of Banjul did not attend the congress while all other members were present.
Additional information by Gambiasports.com.