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BREAKING: New Mandate for Gambia Football Boss after Rival’s Withdrawal from Elections

Lamin Kabba Bajo has earned a renewed mandate as football head of Gambia after closest contender withdraws.

Lamin Kabba Bajo has earned a renewed mandate as football head of Gambia after his closest contender withdrew from the race.

The election for the hot-seat presidency was being vied for between Kabba and Malick Sillah but the latter now wins the race after Sillah opted to pull out citing numerous reasons.

An accountant at the Gambian state palace, Sillah decided against challenging Lamin, accusing the electoral board of malpractices who he said deliberately rejected the nominations of five of his team members to give incumbent Bajo a clear win.

This comes after Sillah’s camp saw their efforts to get a warrant from the West African nation’s upper court to halt Saturday’s congress, failed.

The rejected quintet was also suspended by the FA for resorting to the courts to settle disputes which runs counter to Gambian football rules.

FIFA, who, days back warned of possible sanctions on interference with football matters, has dispatched a delegate including CAF to monitor events.

With Sillah’s withdrawal, Friday evening, it means Bajo and his team will be officially elected for a second term unopposed in tomorrow’s congress.

An ex-military man, now a businessman and a farmer, Kabba first rose to the portfolio in 2014 following the dissolution of the previous FA leadership.

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