Current executive members of The Gambia Basketball Association (GBA) who were elected in to office in 2019 by members of basketball teams in the country following the resignation of Muhammadou ‘Papa’ Njie lead executive in 2019 has called the then executive member to handover the association’s account signatories to enable them have access to the association’s account.
Gheran Senghore, current president of The Gambia Basketball Association (GBA) during a press briefing held on Sunday at Kanifing said since 2019 they have been making efforts to have then secretary general Abdoulie Jallow handover the association’s account signatories but he refused.
He added that Mr. Jallow who is the current secretary general of The Gambia National Olympic Committee (GNOC) is holding the whole country to dilemma.
He said their refusal to handover the association’s account signatories is making it difficult for the association to finance some of its activities.
He further said that their refusal handover the association’s account signatories is disrupting thousands of young people in the country who choose basketball as their career.
Mr Senghore therefore urged relevant authorities to intervene and rescue the careers of young people. “It is sad and unfortunate that a few individuals or group of people are putting the whole country in a dilemma for their personal interest,” he stated.
The Gambia 3 on 3 male and female under-18 team recently returned from D.R. Congo where they won silver and bronze in The SalaMatou International competition for the first time in the history of the country despite all the struggles faced by the association.
Muhammed ‘Jim’ Njie, current secretary general of the association called on stakeholders to intervene in reshaping the ‘second biggest sports’ in country in ensuring players have an avenue to achieve their dreams in the sports they choose as a career.
“Basketball is a very important sport and a lot of young people have chosen it as their career and with proper support it can change their life and livelihood as well as their families in the country,” he said.
The National Sports Council, the body responsible for regulating all sporting bodies in the country has recognized the present executive since 2019 but the association still struggles to access its bank account.