The President of The Gambia Football Federation has re-confirmed that The Gambia will not be sending a National team delegation to the forthcoming WAFU Tournament to be hosted in Mbour, Senegal from December 5 – 7, 2014.
This reaction came after several correspondence between The GFF and the National Sports Council (NSC) over fears of Mali’s participation in the Mawade Wade Tournament. The NSC expressed its concern that Mali has “registered some cases of Ebola” and asked the Football Federation to “re-think” its decision to participate.
In an interview with the WAFU General Secretary, Mr. Jammeh E.K. Bojang expressed his disappointment over The GFF decision to withdraw saying if Mali is stricken by the epidemic, Senegal would have closed its borders. He further noted that Senegal is equally concerned over the Ebola epidemic and like The Gambia, all efforts are being made to protect their citizenry. The WAFU GS said he “respects GFF’s decision but the tournament will be played even with two (2) teams. I am a Gambian and will love to see my country participate in my programs/ activities. Nevertheless, I will continue to serve this country will diligence, commitment and utmost sincerity, Inshallah”.
He further revealed that a 28-man delegation from Mali will arrive in Dakar on Wednesday December 3, 2014 at 16:25 hrs. Mr. Bojang thanked the Senegal Football Federation for the huge financial and moral support for this tournament. He also thanked the Senior Vice President, Mr. Musa Hassan Bility (Liberia FA) and General Baboucarr Baba Diarra, President of Mali FF for their total commitment to the development of our Zonal Union.