Minister warns against football hooliganism

By IAfrica
In Gambia
Aug 18th, 2014
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The Minister of Youth and Sports, Alieu Jammeh has urged the media to help in educating the public that ‘there is no room for violence and disorderliness in sports,’ as the country braced up for another nawettan season.

Minister Jammeh, who made the appeal on the sidelines of the domestic FA Cup final at the Independence Stadium on Saturday warned that the authorities won’t accept any form of hooliganism, adding that anyone found wanting would be dealt with accordingly.

“Yes! It is true that very often during nawettan we see those ugly instances; we will not entertain them because this is a very security-conscious country. We are very prepared and we will not take any chance,” the outspoken minister told our reporter.

He informed all the GFF recognised nawettan centres that the authority will not compromise with any incidence during the nawettan. “Go quietly and peacefully and watch games and know that in any game, there must be a winner and a loser. So I urge the media to help in that sensitisation that we should not entertain hooliganism in our sport,” he implored on football fanatics.

Following the conclusion of the qualifying series, the nawettan fever has already hit town with both Lamin and Banjul beginning their respective campaigns at the weekend. The zones conducted their traditional super cup finals at the weekend and normal service is expected to resume this week.

The Serekunda East Sports Development Committee had also conducted the groupings for their campaign and the Super Cup final that will bring last year’s league and cup winners to battle it out for the first trophy of the season will be held on Friday.

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