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Gunjur mourns former player Foday Jabang

Mar 17, 2016, 10:36 AM | Article By: Lamin Darboe

Football fraternity in Gunjur, Kombo South District, yesterday mourned former Young Dabanani FC and Gunjur town team prolific striker, Foday Jabang.

Jabang passed away in Gunjur on Wednesday 17 March 2016, Foday’s death has shocked the entire football fraternity in Gunjur and its environs.

Foday Jabang had played alongside former Gambian international Buba Star Janneh, Lamin Darboe-C, Pap Faal, Adama Jobe, Sulayman Zip, Bubo Till Tribally, Ebrima Solo Camara and Lamin Baling Touray alias boy Njie for Young Dabanani FC and Gunjur town team during his playing day before retiring from football in the late 90s.

Foday Jabang netted the equalizer for Gunjur against Jambanjelly in the 1987 Kombo South district football tournament before Pa-Mambuna Bojang notched in the winner in the dying minutes of the game to earn Gunjur Kombo South district’s biggest football fiesta title at the Gunjur Upper and Senior Secondary School football field.

Foday Jabang also scored the winner for Gunjur against Kartong in the semifinal of the 1987 Kombo South district football tournament from former Gambian international Buba Star Janneh’s excellent past to fire home the opener, which eventually proved to be the winner for the South boys.

Foday Jabang was part of Young Dabanani team that clinched trophy in Brikama in the 80s.

Foday Jabang had coached Falcons FC in Gunjur Nawettan as well as Gunjur zonal team 2001 when his side beat Sukuta 1-0 in the 2001 super Nawettan played at the Dembadou Mini Stadium in Sukuta.

Foday Jabang also worked for a local NGO in Gunjur called Trust Agency for Rural Development (TARUD) before leaving for the UK in 2004. Upon his return from the UK, he was elected as the president of Gunjur Sports Committee in 2012.