Gambia pays last respect to late GAA head coach

Wednesday, March 28, 2018

Issued: Tuesday 27 March 2018

Gambians paid their last respects to Alhagie Abdoulie Bamba Njie, head coach of the Gambia Athletic Association –GAA- on Saturday. Coach Njie passed away on Friday March 23rd and was led to rest on Saturday at 11am.

Mr. Njie joined The Gambia Athletic Team in 1963 as a triple long jumper and has represented the country in many international competitions. He attended Jeux de la Amite Dakar in 1963, all African games at Lagos in 1973, all African games at Algeria in 1977, African games in 1978, Los Angeles Olympic Games in 1984 and in Barcelona Olympic Games in 1992.

Mr. Njie was appointed as Gambia Athletic Association head coach from 1985 until his demise and was exposed too many technical courses in Ghana, Nigeria and IAAF high performance centre in Nairobi, Kenya.

Mr. Njie also served as head coach of The Gambia team to the Olympic and Commonwealth games in Canada and Australia in 2000 and 2004 in the Olympic games in London 2012.

Bamba, as he is commonly called was instrumental to the development of young coaches like Modou Njie, Lamin Marikong, Mariama Sallah and others.

The president of Gambia National Olympic Committee –GNOC- Kappi Joof said Bamba was very close to the president of the GAA and worked tirelessly to improve Gambian athletics. “He died early hours of Friday and was laid to rest on Saturday”.

Mr. Joof spoke on behalf of the executive committee of the GAA and the entire sporting fraternity and prayed for the almighty Allah to grant him heaven.

Author: Pa Modou Cham
Source: Picture: Bamba Njie