Gambia Basketball Family (GBF) has awarded one of their former players Abdoulie
Badjie alias Duks for his efforts and contributions to the growth and
development of Gambian basketball.
Mr. Badjie received his award over the weekend at a ceremony held at the Manneh Sillah basketball court at the Independence drive in Banjul.
A basketball match was organised between the current and former players with the awarding of certificates.
A cash prize of D45, 000 was awarded to Mr. Badjie and more of the family’s former member players are expected to be also awarded, particularly those in the diaspora.
The Family’s president Mustapha Sarr said Mr. Badjie has been a good player for Banjul and the Gambia for a long time.
He said the act is GBF’s show of appreciation to Mr. Badjie for his great efforts in the Gambian basketball arena.
Mr. Badjie, now a basketball coach expressed happiness and thanked GBF for the good gesture, support and respect that they have for him.
He said he had played basketball from 1978-1993 and had played for Jumsen team and other teams across the country. “During our time, we loved the game and make it as our daily work. These days, our young people do not have much interest in the game the fact that coaches wait for players at the training ground which never happened during our time.”
He said during their active playing era, people have interest in basketball with more people coming to watch their games.
Mr. Badjie urged Gambian basketball players and the Gambia Basketball Association (GBA) to work harder to improve and develop basketball in the country.
Lamin Ceesay, a former basketball player for the national team said he had also played basketball from 1981 to 1999 under Mr. Badjie.
He said Mr. Badjie is a good, responsible and hardworking man who dedicated his services to helping young talented Gambian basketball players.