The Banjul Sports Committee has announced the cancellation of its 2021 ‘Nawettan’ (summer football championship) following consultations with affiliated football clubs. 

The decision was reached after some team representative calls for the cancellation citing some challenges confronting the City’s only mini stadium. Team representative calling for the cancellation argued that the conditions of the pitch are not playable as both the pitch and the perimeter are badly damaged.

“To allow the Gambia Football Federation to finish rehabilitating the KG5 Mini Stadium, we must cancel the Nawettan” some of them argued.

After a lengthy discussion on the subject, team representatives were allowed to decide and the majority voted for the cancellation, which forced the Banjul Sports Committee (BSC) to officially cancelled the jamboree.

BSC has already started the preparation for the 2021 Championships as they successful staged and completed the qualifiers for the ‘nawettan’ and as well secured funding for this seasons competition.

“BSC had secured sponsorship for the League Trophy which includes D75, 000 for the winner, D50, 000 for the runner up, D10, 000 for the semi-finalists, D5, 000 for the quarter-finalists. Free registration and a set of jersey for all the participating teams are also part of the package”, Ndongo Camara the first vice president of BSC said.

But this was not still enough to persuade the majority of the team reps to reverse their decision.

This cancellation will mean Banjul will now go two seasons without playing the country’s most popular local football, following cancellations last season due to the covid-19 pandemic.

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Mr. Sainey M.K. Marenah is a Prominent Gambian journalist, founding editor The Alkamba Times and formerly head of communications at the Constitutional Review Commission (CRC) and Communications and PR Consultant for The Gambia Pilot Program, under Gamworks. Mr. Marenah served as the Social media Strategist and Editor at Gambia Radio and Television Services. He is also the Banjul Correspondent for Voice of America Radio. Sainey is a human rights and developmental journalist who has carved a strong niche particularly in new media environments in the Gambian media industry. Mr. Marenah began his career as a junior reporter with the Point Newspaper in the Gambia in 2008 and rose through the ranks to become Chief correspondent before moving to The Standard Newspaper also in Banjul as Editorial Assistant and head of News. He is a household name in the Gambia’s media industry having covered some of the most important stories in the former and current government. These include the high profile treason cases including the Trial of Former military chiefs in Banjul in 2009 to 2012. Following his arrest and imprisonment by the former regime of President, Yahya Jammeh in 2014, Marenah moved to Dakar Senegal where he continues to practice Journalism freelancing for various local and international Media organization’s including the BBC, Al-Jazeera, VOA, and ZDF TV in Germany among others. He is the co-Founder of the Banjul Based Media Center for Research and Development; an institution specialized in research and development undertakings. As a journalist and Communication Expert, focused on supporting the Gambia's transitional process, Mr Marenah continues to play a pivotal role in shaping a viable media and communications platform that engages necessary tools and action to increase civic participation and awareness of the needs of transitional governance to strengthen the current move towards democratization. Mr. Marenah has traveled extensively as a professional journalist in both Europe, Africa and United States and attended several local and international media trainings.

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