By Lamin Fadera

Former Gambia U20 and Armed Forces goalkeeper Babucarr Ceesay has won the most valuable player award.

Ceesay is also selected in the 2021 team of the year at the United States Collegiate Athletes Association (USCAA) men’s soccer division 1 championship on November 15th 2021.

Baboucarr’s remarkable performance has earned him great respect among his peers.
He expressed delight after scooping the two individual awards. “Every footballer’s ambition is to play more games and win more medals. Every season since I’ve been at Bryant and Stratton College, I’ve won awards, and I can’t count how many times I’ve won goalkeeper of the week. I was named Most Valuable Player last season (MVP) and is a great feeling to win it again in 2021” he said.

Bobino as he is fondly called guided his college Bryant and Stratton side to glory in the national division 1 championship in USA as they won 3-1 against the University of Maine Fort Kent after a goalless draw in regulation time.

The young prodigy from Fajikunda explained that hard work and determination is key to his success in the USCAA.

“To be honest, being a part of the USCAA division 1 first team All American setup isn’t easy. Your ability to make the first team All American is determined by your performance. It takes dedication, hard work, and effort. Every collegiate (college) soccer player’s dream in the United States of America is to be named All American. When I won this award for the second time in a row, I was overjoyed. This means a lot to me”.

The All-America squad is a honorary designation granted to top U.S. athletes competing at the college levels during the year in specific sports. The word originally referred to a select group of collegiate football players.

With an ambition to play for the Scorpions following his magnificent performances for his college Bryant and Stratton side, Babucarr Ceesay said he wants to play for the senior national team in the future.

The former u17, 20 and u23 goalkeeper believes he can add immense quality to the senior national scorpion where he was invited to train with before his move to the US.

“I was invited to all of my country’s youth categories, from u17, u20, and u23, and was called to the senior national team for some games before moving to United States. My most recent call-up was for the home game against Algeria. I was invited as a local home based player but I did not make the final list. I was among the last eight people to be dropped, but I’m still hoping for a chance to play for the Scorpions to make my dream come true”.

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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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