Gambian delegation arrives in Lagos for Coaching and Umpiring course

Thursday, May 09, 2019

Gambian cricket delegation, led by Mbye Dumbuya have arrived in Lagos, Nigeria for a five-day cricket coaching and umpiring course. The training will bring together twenty-seven foreign coaches and umpires to be capacitated on cricket programmes.

The delegation joined their counterparts from Cameroon, Ghana, Sierra Leone, Mali, and host Nigeria for the training.  The course is part of series of cricket development initiatives being undertaking by the International Cricket Council (ICC) Africa to enhance the game on the continent.

Gambia Cricket Association president Johnny Gomez applauded the organisers of the training, saying there is need for such course to consolidate the reputation of the game in Africa.  “We are grateful to ICC Africa for organising this worthwhile event. Such initiative will enhance the status of cricket on the continent. Our participation will boost the game at grassroots development in the country,” he said.

Pa Yerro Sowe, a physical education teacher and grassroots coach underscored the importance of his participation in the programme. “It is a pleasure to represent my country in the training. This will help me a lot as a grass root coach.”

Aji Mai Sano, a women cricketer believed that her participation is a dream come through as an aspiring umpire.  She thanked the association for given her the opportunity to be part of the program.  “I am so happy to be part of the program. This is what I have been dreaming of as female player.  I hope my participation will help the development of women cricket in The Gambia,” she said.

In a separate development, Gambia Cricket Association President Johnny Gomez recently returned from Windhoek, Namibia, where he successfully took part in the ICC regional conference for Africa from 25th to 30th April 2019.

Mr. Gomez was among five longest serving members in ICC Africa. He was commended for his contributions to all the seminar topics and workshops. 

Author: Ebrima Darboe