The Gambia Football Federation’s decision to have Real De Banjul represent the country in next season’s CAF Champions league has been turned down by the club’s board.
Real De Banjul in a statement issued on Tuesday, claimed that they should have been crowned as league champions before participating in the continental competition.
Last week, The Gambia Football Federation brought the season to an end and that all matches from the 2019-20 season have been expunged, meaning no promotion or relegation for any clubs.
The GFF also said earlier that the current first and second position holders in the First Division League will be accorded the opportunity to represent the country in the next CAF Inter-Clubs Competitions. However, at the time, Real De Banjul were on top of the log with 29 points after 14 games, 6 points ahead of second place Gambia Armed Forces.
“We feel that the club should have been crowned champions when the season was abandoned, “the press statement reads. “The club does not want its reputation and those of its members to be unfairly tainted.”
“Real De Banjul FC is not only one of the oldest members of the GFF, but we have always played a cardinal role in the development of football in The Gambia by following the Laws and Rules of the game, invest in all aspects of football development, support the GFF to best of our ability at all times, “the statement ends.