SJAG remembers Senegambia’s sports veterans

Thursday, April 16, 2015
The Sports Journalists Associationof the Gambia, SJAG, at its 6th annual awards and gala dinner honoured sporting heroes and heroines of The Gambia and others abroad.

The national sports awards ceremony was organized by the SJAG, which regards it as a national sporting event in the SJAG’s calendar to serve as an inspirational gathering where youngsters will aspire to become winners and high fliers.

Two nations have played in many sports including football, including the Amilcar Cabral tournament competed for among eight nations that constituted Zone II of the African continent.

One of those battles in this championship between the two nations was fought on Thursday January 21 1985 at the Bakau Independence Stadium, at the finals of the 7th edition of the Amilcar Cabral tournament.

The Gambia lost 1-0 to Senegal with Salif Diange scoring the lone goal in the 59th minute of the game for Senegal.

The game was tied for both opponents at the first half. However, the Gambia dominated the first session, while Senegal controlled the second half of the game.

Senegal secured the victory through their greatest ever goalkeeper, Cheikh Seck, who stopped many Gambians’ chances. Aziz Corr of The Gambia, then playing in Denmark, was said to be the man of the game.

The Gambian team comprisedBaboucarr Saho, Garba Touray, Alagie L. Sarr (Captain), Modou Touray, Babou Touray, Paul Ogoo, Baboucarr Sowe (Laos), Puis James, Amadou Adams, Cheikh Ndour, Aziz Corr, Modou Moussa, Luis Loum and Oberman as coach.

The Senegalese champion’s team included Cheikh Seck, Pape Fall, Sadio Demba, Racine Kane, Roger Mendy, (Captain) Puis Tidiane Dieme, Cheikh Fall, Amadou Diop, Moussa Diop Quenum, Mamadou Keita, Salif Diagne, Joseph Koto and Karim Seye.

Author: Adama K. Jallow
Source: Picture: Senegalese veterans share honuors with Gambian counterparts