May 14, 2010, 12:56 PM
When the late Fatou Mbye passed away almost a year ago, many thought her legacy would be easily eroded, but it has not been so; she is being remembered day in day out.
A testimony to this fact is the upcoming friendly match between the Sports Journalists Association of The Gambia and Serrekunda East Sports Committee in commemoration of her demise.
For all those who knew Fatou when she was alive, death came so soon for a young woman of her age, whose contribution to the development of sport in the country is beyond measure.
Fatou’s instrumental role in the development of football in The Gambia, especially female football, will be registered in the football history books of the country.
Knowing Fatou’s background, one would say her contribution to this initiative was not a surprise. Her father, Bakary Mbye, a physical education (PE) teacher, has played and continues to play a pivotal role in the development of grassroots football in the country.
We would like to commend the Sports Journalists Association of The Gambia for the initiative.
We would, however, urge them to make this a continual event. This will, no doubt, put Fatou’s legacy on a higher pedestal for posterity.
The good thing about the one-day event is that the proceeds realised from the game will be used to kick start the second edition of the Fatou Mbye Memorial Tournament, and to also support her family.
Although gone, Fatou’s legacy will remain clear for everyone to see and appreciate.
May her soul rest in perfect peace. Ameen!