Gambian professional coach stages U-12, 15 football tournament

Tuesday, January 16, 2018

Edrissa Sallah, a Gambian professional coach in UK-based Moneyfields F.C, over the weekend staged an under 12 and 15 football tournament to celebrate the memory of the late Alagie Housainou M.M Njai. The tournament was played at the Banjul KG5 Mini-Stadium.

Six teams participated in the tournament. It targets to promote grassroots football in the country and give chance to young players to showcase their talents.

The games were played on Saturday and Sunday. Half Die Football Academy was crowned champions of the under 12 category while Banjul Football Academy won the Under 15 category.

Each of the winners was awarded a set of jersey and cash prize of D2, 000 while the runners-up were given a set of jersey as consolation. Ebrima Touray of Banjul Football Academy won the best player of the tournament.

 Edrissa told reporters shortly after the end of the game that the tournament targets to promote grassroots football in the country, saying he believes that Gambian football needs support to develop. “We are trying to come with an academy league in the country and with an annual football festival for the kids. It is going to take time but surely we will get there.”

According to him, this is the first edition of the tournament for the kids, noting that it would be a continuing process as it seeks to help children to develop their talents and help grassroots football in the country.

Mr. Sallah said his intention is to make the project bigger and better, saying they are working with some honest and energetic people with a target to replicate the project countrywide.

The Councilor of Banjul South described the initiative as an important one that has the potential of promoting grassroots football, adding that Mr. Salah’s aim is to help develop the country’s football.

   Founder of Essau Football Academy Jean Joof, thanked Mr. Sallah for staging the tournament for the young players, emphasizing that that kind of tournament will help in the development of grassroots football in the country.

The Fortune FC gaffer noted that such initiatives were lacking in Gambian sports, while appealing to other Gambian professionals to emulate Mr. Sallah to work for the development of grassroots football.

Abdoulie Janneh, founder of Best Football Academy said organsing such tournaments would help children to develop their talents and become professional footballers.

Modou Musa Njie, son of the late Alagie Ousainou M.M Njie also joined others in thanking Mr. Sallah for remembering his father’s tireless efforts in the development of the country’s football, saying, “These are the kind of things we would like to be having to help develop the country’s grassroots football.” 

Author: Arfang M.S. Camara