Abdallah promoted to FIFA referee


The month of March saw Adallah Jammeh enlisted as an elite FIFA referee, replacing Bakary Gassama, who retired a few months ago. This feat has taken the tally to 16 referees from Gambia who are having FIFA badge. Jammeh has been a referee since 2014 and has been officiating in the Gambia First Division for the last three years.

The first-class police officer was named the best referee by both the Banjul Sports Committee and the Serekunda East Sports Committee, with the latter, through its president, applauding Jammeh and describing him as a beacon of hope for the Gambia and the world.

“Following his track record last year and this year with Serekunda East, this promotion doesn’t come as a surprise to the zone president.

From the qualifiers to Nawettan, whenever there is a big game, we assign him. The tense draw between Leeds United and T-Town, which was the best game in the Nawettan, was officiated by Abdallah. All semifinals and finals are being officiated by him. He has delivered on our expectations. We are happy to see him move up the ladder. We believe he can even do better in CAF and FIFA and become a very outstanding referee in the near future.”

For Abdallah his elevation to the status of a FIFA referee came as a shock.

Abdallah at Basori
Photo Credit – Baldezz Multi Media

“I was a bit surprised, but I felt excited when I was enlisted; it was something that I was anticipating. I have to be well prepared from now on, and when it comes to performances and approaches, I have to set standards. Jammeh told Scorpions TV.” Jammeh emphasized.

Jammeh is already tipped to be Bakary Gassama’s successor, and he admits to giving his utmost best.

“We wait for the best; I will take it from where Papa stopped, and I will raise the Gambian flag.”

Jammeh regards Gassama as a role model, aspiring to emulate his success in refereeing.

“I am following in his footsteps. I am looking up to someone who has done everything for the Gambia when it comes to refereeing, and he has mentored and coached us a lot.”

“The job is very accommodating; it gives us time for training and competition. They are very supportive; I joined Fatou Ngum and Lamin N Jammeh as referees from the Gambia Police Service,” he added.

The FIFA referee coordinator at the FA level Mr. Famara, reacting to Jammeh’s promotion is based on his output. 

 “The promotion is based on performance, and he is young, dedicated, and intelligent.”

“The future is bright for him, and I hope he will write his name in the history books of FIFA and CAF.” He concluded

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Baboucarr Fallaboweh Sports Editor (Buba Jallow Fallaboweh) is a Gambian football expert, football analyst & columnist. The Stockholm-based Journalist is a media officer, football Scout, PR, Influencer and Digital creator. I started my journalism career as a football analyst in 2012 with Vibes FM and went on to work with CityLimit, West Coast, Hot FM, Freedom Radio, Eye Africa and Afri Radio as a content producer and presenter. In 2013, I attended Football Daily on the BBC SPORTS where we discussed the different styles of Football played in Africa. I Went on to freelance for The Point Newspaper, Freedom Newspaper, Daily Observer and Standard Newspaper before being appointed as Sports Editor with the Alkamba Times in March 2022.  I have worked for Magazines like Glo Magazine and Foot54 covering Gambian football and African Football.   Between 2020 -2021 I worked as a scout for the Gambia Football Federation, scouting talents for the U17 &U20.  From 2017 to 2021, I served as Media officer for GFF First division teams Team Rhino and Marimoo and also as media Officer of Banjul FC, fourth Division tier in Sweden and Darboe’s FC (Female second division club in the Gambia). I served as a PR for Superstars Academy.   With Afrencon, I was a data analyst before I joined LightHouse as a head scout for the Gambia project. In organizational structures, I served as the ambassador of the John Bass Kidney Foundation and one of the founders of the foundation creating kidney awareness in the Gambia.   I also served two positions in the Gambian organization in Sweden, as Sports chairman and the secretary of the associations.   After 12 years of being a football journalist, I was named 3rd best sports column writer in Africa year 2021 by the reputable sports media organization AIPS. I finished in the top 35 in the world with my article titled Back way: Gambian footballers in deadly Voyage to Europe.   With over 500 articles and interviews, analysis, profiling, features and news, I was shortlisted for the Gambia Press Union National Journalist Award 2022. I submitted the article which was co-written alongside Momodou Bah From Living Through Despair to Being An Agent Of Hope, The Inspiring Story Of John Bass.   I have served as an advisers to Football academies, clubs, and players and others. I have hosted dozens of shows and was invited as a guest on both radio, TV and the online press. I also covered the Gambia's maiden AFCON debut in 2021 in Cameroon.  

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