Monday presented track suits, 2 sets of jerseys, warming up jerseys and travel
health insurance to The Gambia Basketball Association as part of their
contribution towards Gambia’s road to FIBA Africa 3 by 3 championship
qualifiers to be held in Benin from the 16 to 17 August 2018.
The Gambia National Olympic Committee provided the delegation with air tickets while government provided the allowances. Both male and female teams will represent the country and they are expected to leave Banjul today. The delegation comprises of 4 male players, 4 female players, a coach and a referee. The championship will feature 12 teams out of which 7 will move on.
Speaking at the presentation held at FBNBank head office along Kairaba Avenue, Abdoulie Jallow, Secretary General of the Gambia Basketball Association said the reason the association focuses on 3 by 3 is because they are a small nation and FIBA thinks that 3 by 3 is for small nationals like the Gambia where they compete internationally with all countries with a small budget.
He thanked the Bank for their positive response despite the short notice. He also thanked the Ministry of Youth and Sports for their assistance.
He encouraged the players to present the country in the best possible way with maximum discipline.
Muhammed Janneh, Administrative Officer of Gambia National Olympic Committee said the gesture would boost the morale of the players. He added that the championship would prepare players for competitions ahead.
Marcel Mendy, Executive Secretary of the National Sports Council said national teams belong to government but given the numerous priorities government has sometimes makes it difficult to meet all their demands.
“The fact that we have a problem with one discipline or the fact that one or two disciplines are not doing well does not necessarily mean others are not doing well”, he stated. Despite the achievements, Mendy admitted that there is still a long way to go.
Adefisayo Adefarakan, FBNBank Managing Director said the gesture is the Bank’s way of giving back to the community as they are not only here to rip profit from the economy but invest in areas such as sport where talents are nurtured.
He noted that sometimes in sport, discipline makes the difference, and urged players to be good ambassadors during the championship.