By Buba Jallow
One way or the other I feel that Serekunda East Mini Stadium should have been the face of Gambian football, due to its pedigree, the rich history, the strategic location, and the ambiance. Most of international games or friendlies are been played there and Muhammed Kallon was one of the notables who graced the inauguration of that park.
Over the years Committee members, Administrative Staff and the GFF have given a black eye to the significance to proper maintenance and proper up-keep of our beloved parks.
The current committee boasts of having hundreds of thousands of dalasis after inheriting a sum of five hundred dalasis form the previous committee. With my right conviction I think the current board cannot be excluded from the blame of failing to take the park to the next level. As I write this piece, the current committee are been dragged by the team representatives to the National Sports Council for inappropriate reckless insight of funds.
We cannot be blaming the GFF for certain things happening in our regions, it’s the sole responsibility of regions to keep their parks presentable and of good quality. Once the GFF sees parks are badly managed they should task the regions for specific development to at least keep up the standard level.
The current minister of Sports Henry Gomez stated that; “the infrastructures aren’t fit to be carrying sporting activities, and immediately after his pronouncement, one football field that came to my mind was the Manjai Park. Notwithstanding, the standard of the Serekunda East Park should have passed its current stage. A desired pavilion, improved dressing room and facilities would have been at top notch. The most important part of the park is the field but some holes are been spotted which can lead to fractured legs, the park is only beautiful when the rain falls because the grass grows which are later trimmed. During the raining season fans who come to Serekunda region parks, have no place to stand because of the logged -flow of water everywhere.
Teams are jam-packed to participate in qualifying rounds and the nawettan of SK East is the most watched, and this nawettan has produced players like Chaku Njie, Arthur Gomez, Bra, Mal, Valdo, Seyfo Soley, Pa badjie, Cho, Pa Mulie Jassey and you name it.
Sports Administrators always back themselves as volunteers when they are busy making themselves rich, 75% of gate fees goes to the committee yet still 0% is reserved for development and maintenance of the park. When concerned and genuine citizens speak they say it’s witch-hunting. 10% at least should go back to the park itself. The park is painted once a year through a project funded by Qcell.
I rep. Serekunda East
My Town, My Zone
Buba Jallow Fallaboweh