Ex-GFA prezy clarifies
Friday, August 03, 2012
president of the Gambia Football Association (GFA), Seedy M.B Kinteh has
reacted to a recent statement made by his predecessor, now the vice chairman
and spokesperson of the GFA Normalisation Committee concerning financial
matters at the FA.
It would be recalled that during the recent press conference held at the Football House in Kanifing, Omar Sey told journalists that he personally handed over a CAF cheque of US$100, 000 to Seedy Kinteh before he left office as GFA president.
contacted by Observer Sports yesterday for his reaction, Kinteh saidthe amount in question was not for
anyone, but for the GFA; a sum he said was paid to the FA's FIBank account. He
explained that the US$100, 000, [about D2.8M] was spent on GFA activities and
that it was even audited.
He further stated that the said amount was put into the right place and that he has all the evidences on how the money was spent. “This money is from the CAF Technical Assistance Programme and it was given to all national football associations in Africa. We made a request to CAF and this amount was approved,” he said.
Kinteh, who said he knows the GFA very well given his long spell working there since 1997, added: “I am the longest serving person at the GFA, but very soon we will call a press conference to clear many doubts.”
Future FA leadership
Quizzed on the much rumoured speculation that he wants to contest in the upcoming GFA congress in September, Kinteh said he has never spoken to anyone about that, but was quick to assert that he can’t stop people saying they want him back at the FA’s top job.
never told anyone that I am going to run for the GFA presidency in the
congress. It is the people who are just speculating and who am I to tell the
people to stop saying they want me back as their president,” he queried.
He however noted that his initial plan was not to re-run for the GFA presidency in 2013 congress when his term would have expired, but that he had planed to contest at CAF to be an executive member. Meanwhile Seedy Kinteh provided the Observer Sports with the financial statements on how the money was spent
Author: Alieu Ceesay