2014 Inter-School’s championship wraps up in Farafenni as “GAA President tasks stakeholders on sports infrastructure”
By SISE SAWANEH, 20 March 2014
For the first time in history the inter school athletic competition is decentralized to NBR Farafenni due to the refurbishment of the independence stadium
The inter school athletics competition, a three days event from the 14th to the 16th march 2014 held at the Farafenni mini park.
Seventy two schools qualified to the finals after a regional hits was conducted in different regions such as Abuko, Farafenni, Bansang and Basse.
As this year Interschool Athletics Competition came to an end at Farafenni in North Bank Region, president Gambia Athletics Association (GAA), Alhaji Dodou Capi Joof, has called on ministry of youth and other stakeholders to provide necessary sporting facilities for the development of sports in the country.
Alhaji Joof stated that without infrastructure and human resources organizing competitions in other regions may not be realizable. His words: “There won’t be any sports development if these are not in place. The ministry of youth and sports and other stakeholders need to step in for the betterment of sports.” He added that availability of necessary sporting facilities would make it possible to decentralize sports activities in the country.
He reiterated that decentralizing the inter-school competitions to other regions might be challenging because some infrastructure and human resources to host such competitions are not in place. According to him, athletics school competitions are not left behind in the nation’s sports programmes because there is an annual school sports championship. He noted that inter-school competition was not held in the last two years because of the ongoing refurbishment of Independence Stadium.
Speaking further Alhaji Joof stated that he was impressed with the performance of the athletics. According to him, the athletics would take the country to the greater height with more encouragement and support. “In the past years, most of the athletics have represented The Gambia in Africa and other international competitions. School sport is the only sport that can build up our sports without it there is no sport development. It must start from the grassroots level.”
Speaking on the activities of his association towards the improvement of school sports, Alhaji Joof pointed out that association trained 50 Physical and Health Education teachers in 2012 on various school sports and that the association facilitated distribution of sports equipment to the regions through the Ministry of Basic and Secondary Education. He added further that GAA usually conducts coaching courses for Physical and Health Education teachers of some primary schools in the country, while trophies with over 150 medals are donated for the competition.
He therefore urged other federations to contribute towards the development of school sports by providing necessary materials.
Alhaji Momodou Dibba, president of the Gambia National Olympic Committee GNOC said the Farafenni mini park was a ground developed by the GNOC to see how best the committee can work with regional coordinators of sports committee, Ministry of Youth and Sports and National Sports Council for the decentralization of sports in the country.
“The organizing committee has sent a proposal letter which will be put into consideration when we get back and we will send a team to see all the possibilities of future development in the area,” he pointed out.
Dibba who bought trophies worth D25,000 for the organizing committee, said school sports competition is a way of hunting talents to represent the country at international level in order to bring glory to the country. He stressed that GNOC was established to uplift all sporting activities in the country, especially school sports.
Mr. Musa Mendy, desk officer of the Ministry of Basic and Secondary Education, described the competition has a successful one. According to him, this is the first time the championship would be moved from the Greater Banjul area to the rural area. He disclosed that other regions have indicated their interest to host the subsequent championship. “If the association accepts their proposals then it will be obviously organised in their regions, because it can’t only be within the Gambia and not outside.” He reiterated.
He further stated the ministry is collaborating with the Ministry of Youth and Sports, Olympic committee for the development of sports in the country. He highlighted that the ministry has trained at least 120 teachers in various sports in partnership with the Germany Olympic Movement, while funds are being sourced for the training of another set of teachers.
Gambia Senior Secondary School emerged as winners with 293 points followed by Kinderdorp Botrop with 283 points then third position concurred by SAINTS while Latrikunda Sabiji won the junior school category with 270 points followed by Barra Essau with 152 points then Brikama Upper Basic School came out third with 125 points.
As GBA League kick-off participants urged to be disciplined
SISE SAWANEH, 24 February 2014
As Gambia Basketball Association League kick off on Friday participants have been urged to be disciplined and abide by the rules of the game.
Mr. Abdoulie Jallow the Secretary General of the association gave the advice at a press briefing ahead of the upcoming opening league season schedule for this Friday 21st February 2014 at Brikama, Banjul [Manneh Sillah memorial] and the Independence Stadium respectively.
The added the 2013 was a successful season but with some hiccup which they will put in place this year added that hence basketball is not fully known by a lot it will be a bit difficult to have sponsors coming in as expected.
He stressed on the timeliness of both players and executives, the rules of the game which must be read and understood, and discipline must be paramount also stating that players can appeal if they break the rules of the game by passing through the right channel.
He said it wasn’t easy to officiate a game but with all challenges they were able to make a peaceful and successful season last year adding that they having a female referee this year to officiate as well.
He urges coaches to meet their players and guide them through for a better and nonviolence match to be played.
He added that they haven’t yet meet as a committee to concur on a price money to be given out but they will do that shortly and get back to the press and participating teams so that they can know how much they are playing for.
He disclosed that they have been targeted by Federation of International Football Association [FIFA] to host a zone 2 game but they are still waiting for a request which means they also have to prepare their players for it which has to be at the end of the year.
Mr. Papa Njie president of the Gambia basketball Association thanked the press and invited guest for their presence adding that the success for 2013 league and the 3X 3 opening has led to organizing another league season for 2014.
He disclosed that this year’s league will be a bit different compared to the previous because of their preparations towards it.
“This year’s game will be played during week days and weekends and we have to start earlier this year because of the raining season while there is no indoor court to play the games if rain falls” says Njie.
Mr. Moses Njie chairman of the referee and technical committee went through the rules of the game by urging players to be calmed and disciplined by giving the maximum respect expected of them.
He affirmed that they won’t allow any coach to officiate matches during the league season or any basket ball game organized by the GBA toting up that they having a vast team which they will train to officiate matches.
“No coach or player should come to the table every minute or second of the game to ask for the scores or why fouls are called against them while adding that teams playing must be on ground 30 minutes before the kick off, he says”
Njie said ladies with long nails or sharp objects worn will not be allowed to play their games unless it is trimmed or taken off.
He urged more female referee’s to come on board while there are some that will be trained to officiate matches his year because in other countries many females do so, also advising the boys not to take advantage or under rate them when they are there to officiate.
He promised that the referees will not wear red shirts, short trousers o hats to officiate matches but will wear different shirt from the players as of now hence the association is not yet financially strong.
“We don’t want to be in a position of suspending, expelling, banning or fining players” Njie says
Papa later revealed that there will be a new electronic score board coming next week from the USA for a well standardize game which will be placed at the basket ball court at the independence stadium but added that he and his committee are trying hard to have it in other courts as well.
He then promised this year will be a better season compared to last year and urged all players to be discipline to the referee’s when officiating the match because without them there won’t be any league played.
He divulge that they got more teams registered this year than last year added that they got additional six new teams and a registration fee of D500 for each team that will be participating for this year’s league season.
The Fixures for the Soninkara Tourney 2014
By Sise Sawaneh, 14 February 2014
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Soninkara Youths Annual Tournament Kicks off February 7
By Sise Sawaneh, 30 January 2014
After the numerous meetings of standing committee members on choosing a specific date for the super cup finals, we have now concluded and agreed that on the 7th of February 2014, JULANGEL champions of Sumpou Do Khati will play against DEMBA KUNDA KURUMBA champions of DYNAMIC at Serrekunda East starting at 4PM GMT sharp.
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