2017/2018 national volleyball season was officially opened Friday night when
two male and two female teams vied for the right to be crowned Super Cup
In the men’s category, Interior defeated Brikama while GAF female volleyball team beat Gamtel/Gamcel in the women category.
The final, which was characterised by entertainment and thrilling display of volleyball skills, was played at the Independence Stadium in Bakau.
The finals were watched by handful of spectators including the aspiring KM Mayor Bakary Badgie, representatives of GNOC, Abdoulie Kah, Permanent Secretary at the Ministry of Sports; and President of Gambia Volleyball Federation, Bai Dodou Jallow. The traditional curtain raisers marked the opening of the volleyball league season in The Gambia.
In an interview after the final, Pa Baboucarr Barrow, head coach of the losing Brikama volleyball team commended his players, The Gambia Volleyball Federation and the Brikama Sports Committee for the opportunity to play another super cup final. Despite losing to a much better Interior side, Barrow said the defeat was not ‘bad’ as far as the game was concerned.
“During the past season, they beat us inside Banjul and we also beat them in Brikama. This is a lesson for us to rectify our mistakes ahead of the start of the league.”
Barrow, who has been credited for preparing and developing young volleyball players in Brikama with basic volleyball techniques, attributed the success of his side to commitment, determination and hard work.
“Our objective is to win the league or the knockout this year,” he told this medium. His counterpart, the Interior Coach could not be reached for a post-match interview.
The losing Gamtel/Gamcel female volleyball team acting caretaker coach Malick Jammeh attributed their loss to lack of enough training time with his new players.
Despite losing to the GAF side, Jammeh however was quite impressed with the performance of his girls. He is hopeful that the team will do well when the league gets underway. “We are aiming for the league title.”
Lamin LF Badgie, GAF female volleyball team coach said winning the Super Cup has given him extra courage that his preparation towards the league is positive. He said his side was well prepared for the final, knowing well he was coming to meet a good Gamtel/Gamcel side.
“Despite winning, there is still room for improvement and we are going to work on the new playing tactics I have adopted.”
Meanwhile, Gamtel/Gamcel is reported to have released some of their key players after they were reported to have attacked one of their teammates, Muminatou Mbowe, leaving her with serious pain.
Among the players shown the exit are stars: Sainabou Tambedou, Anna Marie Bojang, Jama Gaye, Jalika Jallow, Yama Saho, Kura Lowe and Bintou Jarju.