Outgoing Gambia Football Federation (GFF) President Lamin Kaba Bajo has refused to take part in the first-ever GFF presidential debate which is expected to be hosted by the Policy Debate Commission (CPD).
However, the committee said the debate would continue as scheduled on August 13, 2022.
“The Kaba 2022 team, in a letter responding to the CPD’s invitation to participate in the aforementioned debate, said it had already planned a series of campaign activities which do not include or encourage public debate or confrontation between them and other stakeholders,” the CPD said in a release.
According to the CPD, they remain optimistic that Mr Bajo and his team will reconsider their position to participate in the much-anticipated and very important policy dialogue that will forever shape Gambian football and GFF policy.
“In the meantime, the CPD assures the public that the GFF Presidential Debate scheduled for 13 August 2022 at Kairaba Beach Hotel will still continue at 8:30 p.m. GMT.”
The Commission added that important stakeholders such as the Gambian government through the Ministry of Youth and Sports, FIFA, CAF, GFF and the seventy-seven (77) voting delegates were all informed of the debate and were all invited to honor the event.
“The candidate who has confirmed their participation will debate live on the following thematic areas: standardization of the league, growth of women’s football and regional football plans, financial stability, independence and funds from FIFA, commitment and management of former players, good governance and transparency and football pitches, infrastructure and project management.”
“The CPD, however, seeks to remind the general public as well as candidates that political dialogues are cohesive and a form of campaigning for any candidate aspiring to any contested position, as candidates can speak directly to voters about their manifestos d ‘a better and well-coordinated way.
“Furthermore, the CPD is partnering with all the country’s TV channels, print media and radio stations to bring the debate to Gambians live from Jaama Hall.”