FIFA ENVOY MUTE ON OUTCOME OF MEETING
Thursday, September 13, 2012
FIFA’s special envoy to The Gambia, Nicolas Valticos, has declined to give out details of a meeting he had with the executive of the GFA Normalisation Committee and members of the GFA Constitutional Review Committee.
The meeting, which was held at the Gambia Football House at its Administrative Secretariat in Kanifing on Wednesday between Valticos, Legal Counsel- Corporate Legal, FIFA Legal Affairs Division, and the Gambian football authorities, was among other things, meant to discuss issues regarding the state of the GFA’s constitution ahead of its congress at the end this month, when a new executive will be elected to steer the affairs of the association for a specific term limit.
It was the second such meeting that the world football governing body had with the Gambian authorities since the constitutional review process commenced earlier this year. In July, a two-man FIFA delegation that visited The Gambia according to sources close to Observer Sports was left unimpressed with the new draft. During their two-day official visit to the country, Carvalo, head of FIFA Football Associations; and Abega, Senior administrator at FIFA, met with members of the GFA Normalisation Committee on the state of Gambian football to map out the way forward.
The FIFA officials also had a meeting with the Constitutional Review Committee of the GFA draft constitution with the aim of amending and aligning it with the FIFA recommended statutes. As the congress draws nearer, FIFA sent in Nicolas Valticos of its Legal Affairs Division who arrived in Banjul on Tuesday to meet with the Gambian authorities to wind up the process of the constitution, and following a meeting that lasted for almost five hours, the FIFA man left without giving out any information to the press.
When approached by the waiting press who were at the same time busy talking to Omar Sey, the Swiss-born Valticos said: “I cannot give out any details for now because today’s meeting is technical and I still had to report back to FIFA who will get back to the FA. So anything you need, you can get it from FIFA.”
Author: Baboucarr Camara