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ANPS celebrates 2019 best athletes of the year

Dec 12, 2019, 1:24 PM | Article By: Arfang M.S. Camara

National Association of Sports Press de Senegal (ANPS), Saturday celebrated its 15th edition of Sports Award Night, where they awarded and celebrated their athletes who did fantastically well throughout the 2018/2019 season in Senegal and outside.

The Award night that brought together dignitaries, including Gambia’s youth and sports minister Hadrammeh Sidibeh and his host Matar Ba, Senegal’s youth and sports minister, Amadou Gallo Fall, vice president and NBA general manager for Africa and president of the Basketball Africa League, was held at the Museum of Black Civilizations in Dakar.

The ceremony was also graced by the presidents of Sports Journalists Association of The Gambia (SJAG) and Malian Sports Journalists Association.


Liverpool attacker Sadio Mâné won the Senegalese Golden Ball, followed by Modou LÔ, who won the best Senegalese Wrestler of the year and Abdouramane Ndiaye Falang won the best emerging local wrestler of the year.

Mbagnick Ndiaye, who is the best African Judo player won the best Sportsman of the year, and Jean Louis Barthélémy Diouf won the Best local-based footballer of the year.

Meanwhile, all the other athletes who had distinguished themselves in the past season were also honored as well as former stars, deans of the press and some eminent leaders.

The 15th edition of the award ceremony coincided with the 49th anniversary of the Sports Journalists Association of Senegal (ANPS) and next year’s celebration will be the association’s silver jubilee.

Speaking during the occasion, Gambia’s youth and sports minister Hadrammeh Sidibeh hailed ANPS for organising the event to recognise their athletes, adding that the event is also used to strengthen the already existing relationship between The Gambia and Senegal, through the ANPS and SJAG.

As part of the event, the President of the SJAG, Musa Sise and the minister youth and sports Hadrammeh Sidibeh presented two Kora instruments to the Senegalese sports Minister Matar Ba and the president of ANPS, Abdoulaye Thiam.