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Johnny Gomez Bounces Back as Cricket Boss

Aug 25, 2008, 7:16 AM | Article By: By Sainabou Kujabi

Johnny Gomez has been elected new president of The Gambia Cricket Association following a congress held at the Independence Stadium in Bakau last Friday.

Johnny, who held the position of vice president in the former executive, was elected unanimously and went unopposed. He will take care of the affairs of cricket with the new executive for the next four years.

James George was elected vice president, Dr Hector Loum Secretary General who will be assisted by John Kwokori.

Ma Lamin Fofana was duly elected treasurer  and the position of the PRO was included on the constitution following an amendment left with the executive committee to decide on who to give the position. Another five namely Mbye Dumbuya, Rose F Manga, Prince Johnson, Sainabou Kujabi and Maimuna Janneh were also included into the executive.

During the congress, the outgoing President Sony Manly Rollings, in his report stated that significant achievements have been made by the association during the period ranging from hosting of the North West Africa Cricket Championship in Banjul last year to the training of players in Nigeria among other achievements.

The development report, presented by Johnny Gomez, stated that the number of coaching education sessions organised by the association geared towards improving the status of the game in the country has increased.  He said the Cricket Association has been participating in all regional and continental tournaments citing the Schools Cricket and Local league as helping to increase prominence of the game in the country.

 The financial report was presented by Alfred D. Crooks.

Alieu Cham, executive secretary of the National Sports Council, who presided over the congress, said cricket used to be a well-known game in the early days in Banjul and challenged The Gambia Cricket Association to look for ways of reviving the game. He called on all cricket coaches to come together in the revitalisation process.

He commended the Cricket Association for being united and promised to work with the new executive.

The occasion also witnessed a presentation of certificates to participants that attended a cricket-coaching course conducted by ICC Africa Region Development program and ACA Africa Region Development Program.