Sep 25, 2013, 11:38 AM
Biri bagged this award in recognition of his outstanding services, dedication, promotion and development of sport on the continent and in The Gambia in particular.
The Gambian football legend claimed the top honour at a colourful ceremony held at the Theatre Daniel Sorano in
Biri, who became the first Gambian footballer to play at the professional level, could not hide his happiness in an interview with Pointsport at his office in
He said: “I am extremely delighted to have won this award in recognition of the services I rendered in sport in the continent and the globe in general.”
The ceremony, Pointsport was informed, was presided over by Habib Thiam, former Prime Minister of Senegal who deputised Abdou Diouf, former President of Senegal, at the Award ceremony.
It would be recalled that Biri received three international awards in
Alhajie Momodou Njie Biri is indeed the greatest footballer The Gambia has ever produced. Biri, the son of Uncle Alhajie Ngooze Njie, was born at
Biri Biri started his football career with Black Star Football Club in the GFA second division, a team for which he played only one match.
Due to his incredible dribbling talents and acute sense of space and fantastic goal-scoring ability, Biri was invited to join the Black Diamonds, the then national champions.
He played for Diamonds until 1963 when he was virtually bought by the White Phantoms where he had only a brief spell before quitting Phantoms outfit a year later.
Biri joined Arrance, a young team filled with young talents, which suited his style of play.
Many would recall the combination between the late Yusu Samba (Pele) and Biri in Arrance in their hay days.
After winning a championship for Arrance in 1965 he was again invited to join the famous Augustinians Football Club, where he stayed for five years. Biri’s dynamic leadership in Augustinians’ attack and midfield enabled the club to dominate soccer throughout this period.
In 1970, Biri left The Gambia to join
In 1972, Biri went to
Alhajie Biri Njie was recently honoured by his team Sevilla as one of the greatest players in the world and on that occasion Diego Maradona himself took the privilege to have his picture taken with the greatest player that has ever played for Sevilla.
After a five-year stint with the two-time UEFA cup champions (Sevilla), Biri went to
In 1981 he returned home to continue his incredibl career with Wallidan before calling time on his glittering career marked by some spectacular highs in 1987.
Biri, a one-time manager of the
Biri Biri is absolutely an inspirational figure to all Gmbians and to the young generation of rising stars in particular.
Hardly anyone will ever forget him for his success and heroic display at both the domestic and international stages where he made the biggest impact.