Adama Barrow has extended Gambia government’s condolences to the bereaved
family of the late former Scorpions national team coach; Peter Bonu Johnson.
In a press release sent to The Point through the Ministry of Youth and Sports, late Mr. Johnson is described as a man who was committed to the development of sport/football in the country and said he will be remembered for his great contributions.
The Ministry said it was saddened to learn about Mr. Johnson’s sudden demise, calling him a dedicated and hardworking man who gave his entire life in promoting football at grassroots and national level with a sense of ethical and professional conduct.
The former Gambia national team player and coach passed away Sunday morning at age 56, after losing a battle with a long illness.
He first served as a player for The Gambia national team in the early 1980’s up to the early 1990’s and rose to the rank of team captain. During this period, he underwent a lot of trainings both academic, technical as a professional.
In 1995, he was appointed Sports Coordinator at the then Department of Youth and Sport in charge of all sporting related activities within the Kanifing Urban District Council now Kanifing Municipal Council.
While he continued to work harder for the game, he initiated with Local Council to construct what is called today the Serrekunda East, Serrekunda West and Bakau Mini Stadiums respectively all geared towards promoting the game of football.
Furthermore, in the early 2000’s as a man of professional ethics he was appointed by the then Gambia Football Association now Gambia Football Federation to serve as an assistant coach under the national coach of The Gambia’s first Under 17 team which later succeeded in winning the African Cup and qualified for the Under 17 World Cup in Peru.
Due to his wonderful performance, he was later appointed head coach of the Under 20 team which he led to the African Under 20 Nations Cup and qualify for the World Cup in Canada for the first time in Gambian history.