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Alh. Babou Cisse passes away aged 72

Aug 18, 2015, 10:04 AM | Article By: Picture: The late Alh. Babou A.M. Cisse

Former Gambia Football Association (GFA) president, Alhaji Babou A.M. Cisse has passed away at the age of 72 years.

Cisse, who was an executive member and president of the GFA between 1992-1993 and represented the then association in so many CAF Congresses and meetings, passed away on Saturday 15 August 2015 and was buried the following day, Sunday.

Hundreds of people attended his funeral.

Cisse, a professional insurance executive and businessman, was born on 12 June 1943.

He started his professional career with a very short spell as a teacher, before becoming the manager of Gambia Commercial and Development Bank (GCDB), manager of Gambia National Insurance Company (GNIC), and managing director of Senegambia Insurance Company (SIC).

Mr Cisse also had a contract with Gambia Groundnut Council (GGC) a few years ago and was under contract with Africell at the time of his passing.

The late Alh. Babou was also the president and co-founder of Hawks Football Club from 1973 to the time of his death.

He was also president of Real De Banjul Football Club from its foundation in 1968-72.

The late Cisse was also the executive officer and patron of the Gambia Roundball Association.

Pap Saine, Managing Director of The Point Newspaper, who worked with the late Alhaji Babou A.M. Cisse for over 40 years, in describing him, said Alhaji Babou A.M. Cisse was a great man, a pious Muslim and was also generous helping the needy.

He added: “I travelled with him, Alh. Gabi Sosseh, Alh. Tapha Ngum, Alh. Omar Sey, Alh. O.B. Conateh and the late Ousainou Njie so many times for African Cup of Nations and CAF Congresses and meetings.”

The late Cisse contributed a lot to the socio-economic development of The Gambia especially in sport, Mr Saine said, adding that Cisse “sacrificed a lot” for football development in The Gambia when he was an official of Real De Banjul and later Hawks FC.

The late Cisse on so many occasions spent his money for the development of the game, he noted, saying he also contributed to the promotion of Islam by organizing annual Islamic conferences.

“The late Alh. Babou A.M. Cisse was a role model and a great asset for the country,” Mr Saine added.