Current executive members of The Gambia Basketball Association (GBA), elected into office following the resignation of Muhammadou ‘Papa’ Njie-led executive in 2019, has called on the former executive to hand over the association’s accounts to enable them have access to finances. 

Gheran Senghore, current president of The Gambia Basketball Association, during a press briefing held on Sunday at Kanifing said, since 2019 they have been making efforts to have then secretary general Abdoulie Jallow hand over the association’s account signatories but he refused. 

He added that Mr. Jallow, who is the current secretary general of The Gambia National Olympic Committee (GNOC) is holding the whole country at ransom.

He said their refusal to hand over the association’s account signatories is making it difficult for the association to finance some of its activities.

He further said the former executive is disrupting thousands of young people in the country who choose basketball as their career. 

Mr Senghore therefore urged relevant authorities to intervene and rescue the careers of young people. “It is sad and unfortunate that a few individuals or group of people are putting the whole country in a dilemma for their personal interest,” he stated. 

The Gambia 3 on 3 male and female under-18 team recently returned from D.R. Congo where they won silver and bronze in The SalaMatou International competition for the first time in the history of the country despite all the struggles faced by the association.

Muhammed ‘Jim’ Njie, current secretary general of the association, called on stakeholders to intervene in reshaping the ‘second biggest sports’ in country in ensuring players have an avenue to achieve their dreams in the sports they choose as a career. 

“Basketball is a very important sport and a lot of young people have chosen it as their career and with proper support, it can change their life and livelihood as well as their families in the country,” he said. 

The National Sports Council, the body responsible for regulating all sporting bodies in the country, has recognized the present executive since 2019 but the association still struggles to access its bank accounts.

 

 

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Mr. Sainey M.K. Marenah is a Prominent Gambian journalist, founding editor The Alkamba Times and formerly head of communications at the Constitutional Review Commission (CRC) and Communications and PR Consultant for The Gambia Pilot Program, under Gamworks. Mr. Marenah served as the Social media Strategist and Editor at Gambia Radio and Television Services. He is also the Banjul Correspondent for Voice of America Radio. Sainey is a human rights and developmental journalist who has carved a strong niche particularly in new media environments in the Gambian media industry. Mr. Marenah began his career as a junior reporter with the Point Newspaper in the Gambia in 2008 and rose through the ranks to become Chief correspondent before moving to The Standard Newspaper also in Banjul as Editorial Assistant and head of News. He is a household name in the Gambia’s media industry having covered some of the most important stories in the former and current government. These include the high profile treason cases including the Trial of Former military chiefs in Banjul in 2009 to 2012. Following his arrest and imprisonment by the former regime of President, Yahya Jammeh in 2014, Marenah moved to Dakar Senegal where he continues to practice Journalism freelancing for various local and international Media organization’s including the BBC, Al-Jazeera, VOA, and ZDF TV in Germany among others. He is the co-Founder of the Banjul Based Media Center for Research and Development; an institution specialized in research and development undertakings. As a journalist and Communication Expert, focused on supporting the Gambia's transitional process, Mr Marenah continues to play a pivotal role in shaping a viable media and communications platform that engages necessary tools and action to increase civic participation and awareness of the needs of transitional governance to strengthen the current move towards democratization. Mr. Marenah has traveled extensively as a professional journalist in both Europe, Africa and United States and attended several local and international media trainings.

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