Sep 10, 2015, 10:02 AM
BJ’s Football Academy, based in Latrikunda Sabiji and playing its community football (nawetan) in the Serrekunda East Sports Development Organisation, on Sunday 10 March 2013 marked its tenth-year anniversary.
The celebration was in a form football matches played between the various categories of the academy at the Latrikunda Sabiji Lower Basic School grounds.
Speaking to this reporter on the occasion, Bubacarr Jallow, founder and manager of the academy, said he is proud after coming this far with the academy, noting that it is not easy dealing with children.
Jallow, who guided the senior team of the academy to both quarterfinals (league and knockout trophies) of last year’s Serrekunda East Nawetan competition, stated that this gave them courage to go on with their work as they are working according to plans and to achieve their goals.
“It is very difficult to run football in the country but in anything you just have to have faith and God will help you along the way,” he said.
He says he does the greater part of running on a day-to-day affair, adding that they do have some assistance and sponsors in terms of materials from time to time.
BJ’s Academy, which has produced a number of divisional players over the years for both second and first division clubs in the country, has three categories (senior, intermediate and junior), according to its coach Bubacarr Jallow.
He said producing divisional players gives them the zeal to continue working hard and also show them they are on the right track.
He added that one major challenge they face is trying to maintain their players due to outside influence, saying they have lost many players because of side talks.