Njie Faye on the brinks of securing Olympic ticket

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Faye Njie won a bronze medal in the senior African Judo championship in the Egyptian capital, Cairo.

Njie edged Djibouti Fernanado Rodrigo in the -73 kg to finish third on the podium after losing the semi-final against a Tunisian opponent.

The Senior African Judo Championship is part of a series of qualifiers for the 2024 Summer Olympics in Paris.

 

The 30-year-old Finnish- Gambian has wealth of experience and has accumulated a host of medals since he started representing the Gambia. He represented the Gambia in the 2016 and 2020 Olympics. He missed the All-African Games in Accra due to a muscle injury.

Faye’s muscle injury kept him out of action for four months. He was a silver medalist at the Commonwealth Games 2022 edition and also got another silver in the 2015 African Games.

Faye will compete in two more competitions before Paris 2024, first in the Grand Slam in Kazakhstan and the World Championship in the UAE.

“These two competitions are part of the qualification, and the aim is to win as many fights as possible. It’s a good preparation for the Olympics because the same people that will be there will be in Paris. You have the possibility to meet them in the fights, sort of scout them, and know the techniques in hand.” Njie mentioned.

The Cairo competition was his second outing in 2024; so far, he was in Turkey in Antalya and was knocked out in the round of 16.

“I don’t consider my quest to achieve an Olympic ticket as pressure; this is my passion, and I always do my best when I am on the mat. I have goals to win fights and do my best. I feel I gained more experience compared to my two Olympic outings in Rio and Tokyo. I feel this time I will be more mature in my fights. The more fights and competition I have, the more confidence I regain.”

” I feel like the next competition will be much better. It will mean a lot to me; it will be a huge success to represent my country three times in a row in the Olympics. I feel I am reaching my peak, and I feel it’s time to give my best results.”

Njie also pointed out that Judo has developed well in Gambia since he started competing.

“Gambian judo has developed significantly since I started to represent the Gambia. Right now, we have more athletes coming and reaching top levels. When I started, there was no one, and now we have a few athletes, and many young people are coming up too. Giving me the assurance that we will have a good delegation in the future for subsequent events and competitions. When you have athletes who are promising, it is very important to support them, as they are the generation,” he added.

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Baboucarr Fallaboweh
Baboucarr Fallaboweh Sports Editor (Buba Jallow Fallaboweh) is a Gambian football expert, football analyst & columnist. The Stockholm-based Journalist is a media officer, football Scout, PR, Influencer and Digital creator. I started my journalism career as a football analyst in 2012 with Vibes FM and went on to work with CityLimit, West Coast, Hot FM, Freedom Radio, Eye Africa and Afri Radio as a content producer and presenter. In 2013, I attended Football Daily on the BBC SPORTS where we discussed the different styles of Football played in Africa. I Went on to freelance for The Point Newspaper, Freedom Newspaper, Daily Observer and Standard Newspaper before being appointed as Sports Editor with the Alkamba Times in March 2022.  I have worked for Magazines like Glo Magazine and Foot54 covering Gambian football and African Football.   Between 2020 -2021 I worked as a scout for the Gambia Football Federation, scouting talents for the U17 &U20.  From 2017 to 2021, I served as Media officer for GFF First division teams Team Rhino and Marimoo and also as media Officer of Banjul FC, fourth Division tier in Sweden and Darboe’s FC (Female second division club in the Gambia). I served as a PR for Superstars Academy.   With Afrencon, I was a data analyst before I joined LightHouse as a head scout for the Gambia project. In organizational structures, I served as the ambassador of the John Bass Kidney Foundation and one of the founders of the foundation creating kidney awareness in the Gambia.   I also served two positions in the Gambian organization in Sweden, as Sports chairman and the secretary of the associations.   After 12 years of being a football journalist, I was named 3rd best sports column writer in Africa year 2021 by the reputable sports media organization AIPS. I finished in the top 35 in the world with my article titled Back way: Gambian footballers in deadly Voyage to Europe.   With over 500 articles and interviews, analysis, profiling, features and news, I was shortlisted for the Gambia Press Union National Journalist Award 2022. I submitted the article which was co-written alongside Momodou Bah From Living Through Despair to Being An Agent Of Hope, The Inspiring Story Of John Bass.   I have served as an advisers to Football academies, clubs, and players and others. I have hosted dozens of shows and was invited as a guest on both radio, TV and the online press. I also covered the Gambia's maiden AFCON debut in 2021 in Cameroon.  

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