Gambia U20 Coach Bojang, Besenty Gomez, Others Awarded by SJAG

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 By Lamin Fadera

Last Saturday night of glitz and glamour, the Sports Journalist Association of The Gambia (SJAG) celebrated past and present sports personalities in a colorful event held at the Sir Dawda Kairaba Jawara Conference Center in Bijilo.

This is the 12th edition of the awards night. It was graced by the first lady of The Gambia, Madam Fatou Bah Barrow; Minister of Youths and Sports, Bakary Y. Badjie; Chief of Defense Staff of the Gambia, Mamat Cham, interior Minister Seyaka Sonko; former Senegalese Minister of sports Mahtarr Bah, and a high-power delegation from the Senegalese sports press ANPS led by president Abdoulaye Thiam.

On a night when Abdoulie Bojang was named the sports personality of the year, Real De Banjul won the team and coach of the year, respectively, following – Vjatseslav Zahovaiko’s success in his debut season, Mustapha Drammeh scooped the local-based athlete of the year. Kumba Kuyateh of Red Scorpions grabbed the female athlete of the year.  

In an exclusive interview with the Alkamba Times Sports, Coach Abdouulie Bojang said he was pleased to win the accolade. 

“I cannot express my feelings honestly; it is a great and massive achievement for me. Recognizing the work I have done with my team definitely, I wasn’t expecting it, but I am pleased about it,” Bojang said.

Elsewhere, social commentator and sports enthusiast Besenty Gomez was given a special award for his outstanding contribution to sports development in the country.

Just like Abdoulie Bojang, Besenty Gomez was equally amazed to have received the special award from the SJAG. Gomez highlighted that more amazing people have used their energy and resources in Gambian sports but have yet to be visible to the public, who could undoubtedly grab the special award. 

He said many are called, but few are chosen, and he was lucky to be chosen.

“I am grateful to the SJAG for recognizing my efforts; for me, I am service-oriented; awards do not move me. Whatever I do, I am expected to do that; I am born to serve. More people have spent time, energy, and resources than me, but maybe they aren’t visible.” Gomez said

He challenged sports journalists to cover other sports, not only football because all sports need the media and visibility to reach the next level.

Here is the list of the awards given at the 12th edition of the SJAG awards night at the sir Dawda Kairaba Jawara conference center on the 25th of November, 2023.

Team of the Year – Real de Banjul

Coach of the Year – Vjatseslav Zahovaiko (Real de Banjul)

Female Athlete of the Year – Kumba Kuyateh (Red Scorpions)

Local Based Athlete of the Year – Mustapha Drammeh (Brikama United)

Foreign-Based Athletes of the Year – Mbye Babou Jarra and Sainey Jawo (Beach Volleyball)

Sports Personality of the Year – Abdoulie Bojang (The Gambia U-20 Coach)

Special Awards

Hawks FC 2021-22 GFF Division One League Champions 

Faye Njie – Judo

The Gambia Beach Volleyball (Male) Team

Isatou Touray – Referee

Hoyantan – Wrestling 

Lamin Jammeh – Referee

Ablie Jallow – Football

Musa Barrow – Football

Modou Gamo – Paralympics 

Gina Bass – Athletics 

Ola Buwaro – Football 

U-20 National Team 

President’sPresident’s Award

PURA 

Banjul International Marathon 

Tijan Masanneh Ceesay

Abubacarr Jawara GACH 

Late Hon. Omar A. Jallow

Besenty Gomez

Late Furu Gomez

Late Sulayman Kuyateh

Ousman Cho Drammeh

The Late Hon. Alieu K. Jammeh

Africell 

Hon Matar Ba – Senegal 

The Gambia Senior Men’s National Team

Aliou Cisse – Senegal Head Coach

Augustin Senghor – Senegal FA President and CAF Vice President 

Lamin Kabba Bajo – The Gambia Football Federation President

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