Jan 29, 2009, 6:17 AM
The president of the Gambia Volleyball Association, Musa Casa Taal, has expressed delight at the successful end of the 2011/12 volleyball final competitions held between the male teams of the Gambia Armed Forces and Jeshwang, and the females’ encounter was set between the Gambia Armed Forces and Interior at the Gambia Senior Secondary School on Saturday 26 May.
Speaking to The Point’s reporter, the president said the final competition could not be held earlier due to some constraints, adding that they conduct their tournament annually at which they give out consolation prizes.
Mr Taal revealed his delight at the successful exercise due to the maximum discipline exercised by both the players and the spectators to ensure the smooth running of the tournament.
He said they have lots of development activities in the pipeline such as beach volleyball local training courses, as well as to advocate for regional leagues in all the regions as has been done by Brikama.
These plans can be achieved through the support of the Ministry and the National Sport Council through decentralization of their activities; so hidden talented players can surface and give the coming league a national character for the 2012/13 volleyball national league and knockout competitions.
The progress of the volleyball depends on the determination, dedication and discipline of the players, he said, adding that the association would do all it could to take volleyball to higher heights.
The head coach of GAF female team, Sergeant Ebrima Colley, took the defeat in good faith and promised to rectify his mistakes.
The head coach of Interior - the victors - Ebrima Nyass, said the tournament was the 7th edition and they have been maintaining their title consecutively as champions since 2006.
The GAF male team coach, Sheikh Omar Badgie, and the coach of Jeshwang Paul Gomez shared positive sentiments about the whole exercise.