By Sulayman Bah
Foroyaa Sport understands the finalists of the Brikama Nawettan league are yet to be settled of their money prizes.
Fortune met Yarambamba in the finals of the Africell sponsored Brikama nawettan league with the former beating off competition from the latter to the staked prize.
However, many weeks after that evening of football razzmatazz, eventual winners Fortune FC, a highly placed source intimates, are still unable to lay claims on their winners’ money prize from tournament organisers Brikama Youth and Sports Committee (BYSC).
The prolong wait and BYSC’s inability to settle the winners camp have gotten myriad of rumours flying amid suggestion the Brikama sports committee are cash-strapped and are teetering on the brink of ‘bankruptcy.’
But reached for comment BYSC’s president Basirou Bajo didn’t waste words to laugh off the reports.
‘Some people have their hidden agenda,’ he told Foroyaa sport yesterday afternoon.
On the reason for the delay in payment, Basirou elucidated, ‘The league is being sponsored by Africell. It happened that our final was delayed. There wasn’t that cash flow (from the league sponsor). It was the same teams that went to the finals of the league and knockout. BYSC is sponsoring the knockout. A day after the knockout final, the teams received their money. We were expecting that Afriell were going to pay the following week unfortunately this coincided with the end of their financial year. They explained (that) to us and we have to understand (too). So once their officials are back in the country to get their new budget approved, the teams will get their money, is as simple as that.’
Concluding, the Brikama Youth and Sports Committee head concedes blame for the delay leading to this issue.
‘We can’t blame the teams because we delayed the finals because of the (ongoing) Super Nawettan (then) and other things.’