Faye Njie wins bronze at African championship

Monday, April 29, 2019

Gambian international judo and Olympian Faye Njie, last Friday won bronze at the African Championship in Cape Town, South Africa after beaten his South African opponent in the championship.

He won his first match by ippon before beating Angolan judoka by ippon in the golden time in the quarter-finals. Njie later lost to last year’s African champion from Algeria in the semi-final but was able to secure bronze after overcoming his South African opponent.

The result is set to improve his ranking as well as boost his chances of qualification for next year’s Olympics.  

Shortly after his achievement, Njie posted on his facebook timeline that “3rd place at African championships! The expectations were a bit higher but the battle continuous! Thanks everyone for your wishes and support!”

Njie was the first ever Olympic judoka for the Gambia. He competed at the 2016 summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro in the men 73 kg where he was eliminated by Didar Khamza in the first round.

He is due to represent the country in the forthcoming Summer Universiade to be held in Napoli, Italy from 13th to 14th JulyThe Universiade is an international multi-sport event, organised for university athletes by the International University Sports Federation (FISU). It is the largest multi-sport event in the world apart from the Olympic Games. The most recent summer Universiade was held in 2017 in Taipei, Taiwan.

Njie, 25 is currently pursuing an undergraduate degree in physical education at the University of Wolverhampton in United Kingdom (UK).  He became the second African fighter to win Gold Medal in the British University Championship in Sheffield, after Ghana’s Emmanuel Nartie.

Author: Cherno Omar Bobb