Nov 24, 2017 Last Updated 7:59 AM, Nov 24, 2017
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Fifa has said that The Gambia's National Sports Council (NSC) must reverse its decision to suspend the executive of the football federation by 27 November.

A letter from football's world governing body says it will take further action, including a possible global suspension, if the deadline is not met.

The NSC is yet to respond to the ultimatum set by Fifa.

On 10 November  the NSC suspended the leadership of The Gambia Football Federation (GFF) amid allegations of fraud.

"The suspension is to enable the investigation team to do the investigation without interference from the suspended GFF officials," the NSC said at the time.

In response the GFF denied any wrongdoing and refused to recognise the sanctions.

"Up to date, neither the GFF General Assembly nor Fifa has ever discovered or raised any act of financial fraud by the GFF leadership," a statement read.

The latest letter from Fifa's secretary general Fatma Samoura says attempts have been made to resolve the situation.

"Fifa, including myself, have repeatedly tried to meet during the week from 7 to 12 November 2017, the Minister of Youth and Sports, Mr. Henry Gomez, under whose authority the NSC appears to be, in order to discuss the aforementioned matter, but to no avail," she wrote.

"In this context, we remind you that in accordance with Fifa Statutes all member associations, including the GFF, are obliged to manage their affairs independently and without undue influence from any third party."

Under a global ban Gambian clubs would be prevented from taking part in continental competition and none of the country's national teams would be allowed to play in any Fifa-recognised matches.

The Gambia's women's under-17 team is currently still involved in qualifying for the World Cup.

Any ban could also threaten three-time African Referee of the Year Papa Gassama's participation at the 2018 Russia World Cup.

When you have received more votes than any other midfielder in a public poll organised by the Bundesliga, driven your team to a historic second place in the league and secured a record £48m African transfer fee, you have got a few highlights of the year to look back on.

But none of the above makes the list of RB Leipzig's Guinea star Naby Keita.

Instead, his best moment of 2017 came when realising a fantasy formed as he grew up in the Guinean capital Conakry: playing in the Champions League.

"It's been a dream of mine since I was a young boy," the 22-year-old tells BBC Sport.

"Even back then, I had decided that one day I would play in the Champions League. Luckily we had a wonderful season last season, we worked really well and the reward was the match against Porto."

Keita missed Leipzig's inaugural Champions League group game, a 1-1 draw at home to Monaco in September, because of injury.

He made his Champions League debut in a 2-0 defeat at Besiktas before Leipzig finally won a group game, beating two-time European champions Porto 3-2 at home in October.

Two very important spectators were inside the Red Bull Arena that night.

"When I was young, I told my parents, 'I promise you I'm going to play in the Champions League and for my first match, I'll invite you to come and watch me play,'" he says.

"Luckily, I was able to do that and I was very happy. It was a moment of pride. It also greatly encourages me in everything I do."

In some ways, it represented a small payback for his mother, who could have been forgiven for having a few flashbacks during the match.

Such was her son's obsession with football that whenever he was taken shopping, Naby would endlessly look for things to kick, making life even tougher for his cash-strapped family.

"My mother always said that going shopping with me was very expensive - many things got broken," he told the Bundesliga website. "Still, I always looked forward to those trips."

There was one break that really counted, though - when his talents were spotted while playing street football, a popular pastime throughout Guinea.

Whenever he is home, his friends beseech Naby to play with them on the street - where both cars and opponents have to be negotiated - even if Africa's priciest player does not always now give his best.

"I've loved playing street football since I was very young," explains the turbo-charged midfielder.

"When I go home, my friends organise small tournaments and people come to watch us play. I also enjoy that as I get to play with people, but it's not as important to me as it is to my friends.

"It makes them very happy, even if I do just a couple of minutes, because the pitch is quite dangerous so I have to be careful I don't injure my feet or legs."

Nyasa Big Bullets are out of the FISD Challenge Cup, after suffering a humiliating 5-4 loss to Moyale Barracks in post match penalties.

Bullets failed to get through the soldiers at Civo Stadium on Sunday in Lilongwe.

The two teams were tied to a two-all draw at the end of 90 minutes of the match.

This forced the game to go into the dreaded penalty shoot-outs.

Moyale converted all five penalties but Bullets’ penalty expert Nelson “Silencer” Kangunje turned killed the team’s hopes when his last kick was saved by Moyale goalkeeper Juma Chikwenga.

This means the FISD final will be a soldiers’ affairs between the Lilongwe based Kamuzu Barracks and Mzuzu based Moyale Barracks.

Kamuzu Barracks thrashed Masters Security on Saturday in a soldier versus security guard affair, which also ended in a penalty shoot-out following a two-all draw at the same venue.

This year’s winner will walk away with a trophy and MK15 million in prize money.

Holders TP Mazembe of the Democratic Republic of Congo conceded an away goal as they beat South Africa's SuperSport United 2-1 on Sunday in the first leg of this season's African Confederation Cup final.

TP Mazembe are looking to win back-to-back titles having won Africa’s second tier club trophy for the first time last year.

The hosts began well in front of their home fans in Lubumbashi, going ahead through a goal from Adama Traore in the 18th minute.

It remained 1-0 to the defending champions at half-time, but SuperSport hit back quickly after the break.

A powerful shot from the boot of Sipho Mbule gave the visitors the equaliser and what could be a precious away-goal after 48 minutes.

Mazembe restored their advantage 19 minutes later through Ghanaian midfielder Daniel Nii Adjei to make it 2-1 to the home side.

SuperSport’s New Zealand striker, Jeremy Brockie - the leading scorer in this season's competition with 10 goals - made a round-the-world dash to reach DR Congo after playing a World Cup qualifier in Peru.

Brockie started the match but was substituted by Coach Eric Tinkler in the second half.

This was SuperSport's first defeat in 14 Confederation Cup matches since their lone defeat in Africa this year - away to Al Ahly Shendy of Sudan in the first leg of their last-32 qualifier.

Mazmebe and SuperSport had drawn twice in this season's group stage with the South Africans coming from two goals behind to force an exciting 2-2 draw in Lubumbashi, followed by a drab 0-0 stalemate in Pretoria.

The second leg takes place in South Africa on Saturday 25 November.

Holders TP Mazembe of the Democratic Republic of Congo conceded an away goal as they beat South Africa's SuperSport United 2-1 on Sunday in the first leg of this season's African Confederation Cup final.

TP Mazembe are looking to win back-to-back titles having won Africa’s second tier club trophy for the first time last year.

The hosts began well in front of their home fans in Lubumbashi, going ahead through a goal from Adama Traore in the 18th minute.

It remained 1-0 to the defending champions at half-time, but SuperSport hit back quickly after the break.

A powerful shot from the boot of Sipho Mbule gave the visitors the equaliser and what could be a precious away-goal after 48 minutes.

Mazembe restored their advantage 19 minutes later through Ghanaian midfielder Daniel Nii Adjei to make it 2-1 to the home side.

SuperSport’s New Zealand striker, Jeremy Brockie - the leading scorer in this season's competition with 10 goals - made a round-the-world dash to reach DR Congo after playing a World Cup qualifier in Peru.

Brockie started the match but was substituted by Coach Eric Tinkler in the second half.

This was SuperSport's first defeat in 14 Confederation Cup matches since their lone defeat in Africa this year - away to Al Ahly Shendy of Sudan in the first leg of their last-32 qualifier.

Mazmebe and SuperSport had drawn twice in this season's group stage with the South Africans coming from two goals behind to force an exciting 2-2 draw in Lubumbashi, followed by a drab 0-0 stalemate in Pretoria.

The second leg takes place in South Africa on Saturday 25 November.

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