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2013 basketball league competition kicks off on Saturday

Jan 25, 2013, 10:10 AM | Article By: Adama K. Jallow

The Gambia basketball league competitions will tomorrow commence at the Manneh Sillah basketball lawn in Banjul starting at 8:30 and 9:45 pm respectively.

The tournament will be opened by Brikama against Sport House at 8:30 followed by Walidan taking on GAF at 9:45 pm.

In the tournament, nine male teams are expected to take part likewise four female teams that would also be competing in the league.

The 2013 league is expected to be played in three locations such as at the Manneh Sillah Basketball Lawn in Banjul, Serrekunda West Mini Stadium and in Brikama.

Speaking to Pointsports, the secretary general of the Gambia Basketball Association (GBA), Abdoulie M.B. Jallow, said his executive has been working collectively to make the league possible.

Jallow revealed that before the league, they had worked on their constitution, which has been ratified by the general body.

He said referees and coaches have also been trained likewise, while the infrastructural aspects have been worked on in ensuring a successful league.

The GBA secretary said further: “We want to showcase basketball once again, bringing people back to the lawn to enjoy the game. Basketball was so prominent in the country and people will soon realize that the discipline is alive again.”

He added: “I have no doubt that the discipline will soon be back to its feet, because they have the talents,” he said, revealing that they would not tolerate indiscipline and lateness.

If you want to achieve anything you involved in, you have to be discipline and show commitment,” he noted.

He said they would like to spread the game to other regions in the country but have to begin with three regions.

Other regions would also be helped in terms of infrastructural development among others,” Jallow promised.

We want to build capacity in terms of basketball from the grassroots to all school levels and the basketball game is going to be promoted to all the regions and hopefully, The Gambia will one-day contest internationally.”

Jallow is, however, urging all basketball lovers to come and cheer their teams, saying “the entrance fee will be at no cost”.