Jan 7, 2009, 5:33 AM
The Gambia Deaf Scorpions are due to clash with their counterparts Sierra Leonean deaf sports soccer team in a returning leg to be hosted in Freetown, Sierra Leone, from 26 September to 1 October 2012.
On 20 February 2010, The Gambia Deaf Sports Association (GDSA) hosted their Sierra Leonean counterparts for an international friendly soccer game and emerged victorious over them.
The first leg of the friendly game held in The Gambia has helped in promoting regional cooperation and integration, giving credence to the efforts to attain excellence in sport.
In a statement delivered to The Point by the president of the GDSA, deputy director of the Gambia Association of the Deaf and Hard of Hearing (GADHOH), the president of the World Federation of the Deaf (WFD) and Sports Association (GDSA), West and Central Africa Regional Secretariat (WCARS), Lamin M. Ceesay, said the government of Sierra Leone has sponsored the cost of accommodation for the Gambia Deaf Scorpions, adding that the GDSA is a non-profit organization with limited funds at its disposal.
He added that the GDSA has managed to raise D 302,000 and therefore seeking assistance of D340,800 from the government, private institutions, and individuals for the cost of 24 members of the Gambia Deaf Scorpions to travel to Sierra Leone for their returning leg.
He further thanked the government of Sierra Leone for the efforts at rendering support to deaf sport.
He applauded and blessed the Head of State and people of The Gambia, endowed with a special manifest destiny cannot only match, but exceeds the efforts of Sierra Leone assuming its rightful place as the shinning light of West Africa including in the field of disabilities.
He says all those who would like to assist the deaf sports team of The Gambia can please deposit whatever funds they want to give to the team association’s Trust Bank Account No. 11211296001 or call via the following numbers: (00220 - 8805599) or (7728092).