Yankuba Sabally (middle) goalkeeper of the season in division one, Ebrima Jarju (right) 1st runner, Pa Ebou Dampha (left) 2nd runner.

The Gambia Football Players Association (Gamfoot) has successfully staged its maiden awards night where they recognized and rewarded the performance of some outstanding players in the Gambia Football Federation male and female first and second division leagues.

Over 45 awards were handed to players in different categories, while some senior and former players like Momodou Ceesay (Zico), Assan Ceesay and others were also  decorated.

It was a sumptuous football family gathering by Gamfoot, with the objective to celebrate and recognize the achievements of the country’s footballers in the past league season.

It’s the dream of every young player to receive individual accolades and the nominees in the different categories were one after the other introduced to the audience.

Mr.  John Bass, the president of Gamfoot  congratulate the winners while dillating on the importance of the event. 

“This event is a reflection of the progress of the league even though more improvement is needed. At Gamfoot we will continue to support our members which is the players,” Bass said.

In what was a highly attended event, different sporting personalities, representatives of the different clubs and family members graced the glamorous night.

The Gambian League champions Fortune F.C Yankuba Sabally and Interior F.C Aminata K. Darbo were voted goalkeepers of the season in the male and female division one league, while Sainey Trawally of Gunjur United and Diminga Mendy of Berewuleng were the stand out goalkeepers in the division two male and female.

Gambia Armed Forces Saikouba Ceesay and Interior’s Catherine Jatta both of whom scored 13 goals in the male and female first division leagues respectively, received the golden shoe award. While in the division two male and female, Kaddy Jarju of Future Bi F.C who scored 29 goals including five hat tricks and Sankung Sillah and Adama Saidy who were tied on 18 goals in the top-scoring chat won the category.

The young player of the season award in the division one male went to Abdoulie Manneh of Wallidan F.C, while in division two it was Bakary Ceesay of Team Rhino and Teddy S. Jatta of Berewuleng F.C who scooped that award.

And ultimately, the player of the season awards in the male and female first division were won by Catherine Jatta of Interior F.C and Lamin Saidykhan of Fortune F.C respectively while in division two it was Yusupha Njie of B4U Kiang West for men and Abbie Marie Sambou of Berewuleng for the women division two league.

This was a joyful moment for the winners.

“Am very much happy to score that magnificent goal. I will continue to work hard to score more of that kind. Bernard want to see himself in the top five leagues in Europe, with hard work, I’ll get there soon” Bernard Sylva of Fortune F.C the winner of the best goal of the season award said.

Aminata K. Darboe was full of praises for her mum, “I don’t even know how I’m feeling, I would like to thank my mum for the continuous support. I’m her only female child who plays football and she keep supporting me”. She said.

“This award means a lot to me, it shows that the Police are not only good in arresting people but goalkeeping as well”. Aminata added.

Another winner was Sainey Trawally and he had this to say:” this award shows I’m on track, my dad was a goalkeeper so I want to make him proud by becoming a professional footballer and I’m working towards it”. 

 

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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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