FIFA extends Normalisation Committee’s mandate to six months

Monday, October 01, 2012

Football’s world governing body, FIFA has extended the mandate of the Normalisation Committee of the Gambia Football Association to another six months until 31st March, 2013, Observer Sports can report.

This development came hot on the heels of the vice chairman and the spokesperson of the Normalisation Committee of the Gambia Football Association, Omar Sey’s statement last month that he doubts if the committee would be able to hold a congress on September 30th as requested by FIFA.

Sey, who was speaking at the GFA House in Kanifing at the end of their meeting with Nicolas Valticos of FIFA’s Legal Affairs Division, was quick to add that they will still go ahead with the congress should FIFA ask them to. He dismissed claims that the committee is seeking an extension to their mandate.

His words at the time: “Mr Nicolas is going to report back to FIFA on what we agreed on and send the document back to us and if FIFA agreed on it, then we can send it to all the stakeholders before we can call a congress. I cannot give a definite timetable because it is only today that FIFA is sending someone here for this constitution and we are not delaying this thing as people believe.”

Sey explained that the meeting was part of a continuous and ongoing dialogue they have with FIFA regarding the constitution of the GFA, by looking at areas they can improve or agree on in order to come up with a concrete agreement that will be presented to the stakeholders in the country.

Regarding FIFA’s member associations, the executive proposed the introduction to the FIFA Statutes of an obligation for member associations to hold periodical general assemblies (at least every two years) and to adopt their own statutes in conformity with the FIFA Standard Statutes.

Author: Mandu Sanneh
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