Sports Press Association of Senegal (ANPS) has awarded best Senegalese
athletes, individuals and groups who over the last 12 months have caught the attention of sports admirers.
The award ceremony was held in Sorano Dakar aimed at inspiring and celebrating Senegalese men and women for their efforts in all sports.
Senegal’s Sports Minister Matar Ba said since the formation of ANPS, a little less than fifty years ago, it has always shown courage and abnegation in trying to safeguard the basic principles of its business based on objectivity and impartiality.
The minister Ba congratulated the awardees and praised them for their excellent hardworking in the past 12 months, noting that it is always very important to recognize and inspire the country’s sportsmen and women which would serve as an encouragement for them.
Musa Sise, president of Gambia Sports Journalists Association (SJAG) said there exists a close collaboration between SJAG and ANPS in development of sports for the two countries.
According to him, it is always important to stage such kind of events to celebrate, encourage and inspire athletes in a country, adding that the awards would help to boost greater talents in the Senegalese sports.
Abdoulaye Thiam, president of Senegalese Sports Association (ANPS) said their Association, which was awarded the first prize in 1970 by brilliant sports journalists can boast of being one of the oldest sports press in Africa.
He added that over the past 48 years, ANSP has being fighting to strengthen links between journalists.
The Senegalese Golden Ball (Bos) was won by Sadio Mané, Liverpool striker (English Premier League) for the fifth year in a row. Amadou Dia Ndiaye, center forward of FC Metz trained at Generation Foot, was crowned best local player.
The trophies were awarded to the representatives of both players.
Other special awards were presented to Ndoumbé Fall, international karate referee, Ababacar Sadikh Soumaré (Taekwondo), the national bowling team, the U18 national basketball team and the football referee trio, made up of Malang Diédhiou, who has recently put his crampons, but also El Hadj Malick Samba and Djibril Camara.