The Gambian Team

The Gambia’s hard of hearing national football team thumped Guinea Conakry 3 – 0 to win the 10th edition of the West Africa Deaf Sports Union competition at the Independence Stadium.

The Gambia showed class, composure and brilliance to maintained their unbeaten run in the four nations championship.

It doesn’t take the host much time to prove their status as the realistic title contender as Bubacarr Bayo opens the scoring for the Gambia just after five minutes.

The host who were far more composed and clinical, added two further goals after the break to put the tie beyond Conakery. Gunjur born midfielder Alagie Bojang double the Gambia’s lead on the 55th minute before, Bubacarr Bayo converted from the penalty spot for the Gambia’s third goal and his fourth of the competition which sealed a historic title win for the host.

This was the first time the Gambia won the West Africa heard of hearing tournament.

As winners, The Gambia were given goal medals, trophy and prize money of two thousand dollars ($2000). Liberia who finish second went back with silver medals and a cash prize of one thousand five hundred dollars ($1,500). Third place Sierra Leone received bronze medals and a thousand dollars ($1,000). And fourth place Guinea Conakery were handed a set of football Jersey.

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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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