by Arfang MS Camara
The Gambia Football Federation (GFF) has announced that it has finally terminated the three-year sponsorship contract it has entered into with First Eco Partners, sponsors of GFF League Division One, with effect from 4th March, 2016.
This development, the GFF stated in a press release, was precipitated by a fundamental breach of the contract obligations by the other party (First Eco Partners) by failing to provide the full annual sponsorship package as prescribed in the contract.
“Prior to this move, the GFF had made several unsuccessful efforts to invite the management of First Eco Partners to a meeting to discuss the matter, and also made similar efforts by telephone and email communications to no avail,” the release said.
“In order to act within the dictates of the contract, the GFF after seeking and obtaining legal advice served the other party (First Eco Partners) with a three months’ Notice of Termination Vide: GFF/FEP/SP/P1 (GS-5) dated 11th November, 2015.”
After the expiration of the notice period and no response from First Eco Partners, the GFF said it again sought legal advice which resulted to the issuance of a letter of termination of the contract for non-performance.
The GFF, therefore, the release added, assures the general public that the initiative to terminate the contract was taken by the GFF after carefully and professionally following the contractual obligations and dictates in the best interest of Gambian football, and at the same time protecting the image and credibility of The Gambia Football Federation.
Consequently, the GFF, the release added, while assuring the general public and stakeholders that with or without sponsorship, it will pay out in full the announced price monies to the eventual champion and runners-up, and that the GFF League Division One will no longer be called First Eco Partners League.
“Finally, GFF is working very hard to secure sponsorship for the League Division One and the rest of her products,” the release concluded.