Macoudo Ndiaye, four time African draughts champions has once again been honoured with another African draughts championship trophy, after clinching the 2009 African Draughts Confederation Championship, which earned him a place in the Draughts World Cup, to be held in Brazil.
He has already got a total of 5 African Draughts championship titles to his name, such as Bamako in 1988 and 1990, Ivory Coast in 1992, Dakar in 1994 and The Gambia.
Mr. Ndiaye who collected a total of 11 points will represent the continent in the World Draughts Championship in Brazil, along side nine other draught players who have all demonstrated a remarkable progress during the 10-day African Draughts Championship, at the Paradise Suites Hotel.
Jean M. Njo Fang of Cameroon, Macoudou Ndiaye's closest rival finished second at 11 points and will also represent the continent in Brazil. Ndiaga Samb will also join his Senegalese compatriot Macoudou Ndiaye in the World Cup, after finishing third with a total of 10 points. Musa Camara of Guinea and Leopard Kouoque of Cameroon finished in fourth and fifth places on 10 points each.
The only Gambian draughts player that secured a place in the World Cup in Brazil is Sheikh Njie. Despite making his first-ever draughts championship appearance, Sheikh proved himself beyond all reasonable doubt after putting up an impressive performance which earned him a total point of 10.
Other draughts players that are expected to represent the continent in the Draught World Cup in Brazil are listed below: Sadibou Drammeh (Mali) 9 points, Adama Kone (Burkinafaso) point, and Souleyman Dieng ( Mauritania) 6 points.
Meanwhile, the Gambian duo Sulayman Norman and Abdou Ceesay, who both took part in the championship could not berth a place in the World Draughts Championship.