Gambian judo star eyes more success

Tuesday, May 21, 2019

Gambian international judo and Olympian Faye Njie has said he is eyeing to win gold medals for The Gambia in the future.

Speaking to our reporter in an interview at Snake Farm in Kartong, Faye, 25 said now is the most optimal age when doing judo at top level, saying the next two years will most likely be the best years of his career.

Currently ranked 44 globally, the judo star who is currently in the country on holiday said his target is to be ranked in the top 20s in future. “Hope to bring my first gold medal for The Gambia from the 2020 Olympics.”

Faye who recently won bronze at the African Championship in Cape Town, South Africa highlighted that it is always a pleasure for him to serve The Gambia but admitted that it is always difficult to win a medal at continental championships. “I am satisfied with the outcome but I am always looking for gold and as such am a little bit disappointed that I lost in the semi-finals.”

Faye is the first ever Olympic judoka for The Gambia and has competed at the 2016 summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro in the men 73 kg where he was eliminated by Didar Khamza in the first round.

He is due to represent the country in the forthcoming Summer Universiade to be held in Napoli, Italy from 13th to 14th July.

Hassan Paziaud, who finished first at the recent African Cup said winning the championship was hard but the experience was great.  The promising young judo star who also finished fifth in the African championship added that he hope to compete better growing up.

Hassan promised to train harder to see his success continue with winning more honors for The Gambia.

Faye appealed for support to enable his participation in many competitions and face more fighters to gain more experience. 

Author: Cherno Omar Bobb
Source: Picture: Hassan and Faye in action at the snake farm in Kartong