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Gambia’s sports minister hopes to lean from Senegal

Aug 6, 2012, 12:23 PM | Article By: Baboucarr Camara in London

The Gambian Minister of Youth and Sports, Alieu Kebba Jammeh, is hoping that the country will learn from the achievements made by neighbouring Senegal at the 2012 Summer Olympic football game in London.

Jammeh was speaking in his serialised interview with The Point newspaper and West Coast Radio following his visit to the Gambian athletes at the Olympic Village in Strafford last week.

Speaking in the interview, Alieu Jammeh, who has since departed the United Kingdom for The Gambia, was among the various dignitaries at the Royal Box at Wembley Stadium when the Senegalese U-23 side defeated Uruguay 2-0 in a group stage game last week.

Jammeh said his main reason for watching that game was to see how The Gambia can learn from the Senegalese side by going to the grassroots.

He hopes the country will also in the near future be able to boast of several Gambian international footballers in the world’s renowned leagues.

The sports minister, who attended several meetings including that of the Commonwealth Sports Ministers in London, also renewed his call for equity of support to the various sporting associations.

According to him, his ministry will help by rendering support to the other sporting associations in their efforts to revive those fading sports.

Speaking further, Minister Jammeh, who said he used to play Badminton at school, is hoping that the sport will soon be introduced in the country.