Youth Development Association on 7 October 2017 presented a cash amount of D15,
000 to Toubakolong Youth and Sports Development Association to stage a football
tournament in honour of late Famara Gomez, who was the chairman of the
village’s sports committee.
The sports committee on the same day donated 10 percent of its semi-final’s gate takings to Upper Niumi Development Association Emergency Relief Fund to support victims of rainstorm, fire disasters, among other emergencies.
Speaking at the presentation ceremony, Kemo Ceesay, Chairman of Toubakolong Youth and Sport Development Association, described the late Gomez as a youth activist; a very good person who stood for the progress of young people of the community, as well as the development of the district.
He said that Gomez also strived a lot in putting young people together and had the vision for development.
He noted that as such, they could not do without staging a tournament to refresh their minds on the good deeds of the late Gomez.
He said his family has given them the approval to go ahead with the tournament and are pleased with the initiative.
Commenting on the donation his committee made towards the emergency relief fund, he explained that there was a forum created for Upper Niumi natives, both home and abroad to look into ways of strengthening and developing the district, and as such, they do not want to be left behind as a sports committee in supporting the district.
On the Njundu Sonko-sponsored tournament final, Mr Ceesay said, the final between Aljamdu United and Lameng FC will be played on 30 December 2017.
He added that they will stage a fund-raising concert with Jaliba Kuyateh on the day of the final.
The proceeds from the show, Ceesay said, would be used to upgrade the village football field with a permanent fence, as well asmaintain the male junior and senior teams and female football team of the zone.
“Funds has been our constraint and from the concert we can have a starting budget for the team,” he pointed out, while he called on philanthropists, companies and anyone who has interest in football to support them push football to higher heights within the district.
“Funds are a major challenge for Toubakolong Youth and Sports Development Association,” he remarked.
Dembo Camara, President of Weeders Youth Development Association in Toubakolong village, said the late Gomez has contributed a lot towards sports development in Upper Niumi which was why they funded the trophy in his memory.
Mr Camara added that they have also been supporting wrestling, community initiatives, education, religious affairs, among others.
He thanked the sports committee for the trustworthiness, remarking that if it was not for their trustworthiness and transparency, they would not have entrusted them with the task.
Lamin Trawally, in receiving the emergency relief fund, on behalf of Upper Niumi Development Association,commended the sports committee and teams that took part in the tournament for their sacrifice and assistance, saying the money would be used for its rightful purpose.
According to Trawally, Upper Niumi has been behind compared to other districts in terms of development, which was why they formed the association to contribute to its development.