May 27, 2011, 3:19 PM
Alassan Mballow, head of sports desk at the Paradise FM Radio station, was confirmed the new treasurer of the Sports Journalists Association of The Gambia (SJAG) during Saturday's meeting at the Serrekunda West mini-Stadium.
Mballow replaces the former treasurer of the association, the late Lamin A. Darboe, who died in an accident at the Barra Ferry terminal less than two months after his election as treasurer of the association.
Reacting to the news of this development, Mballow took the opportunity to thank the entire membership of the SJAG for the trust and confidence they have bestowed on him.
"First of all, I want to take this opportunity to thank the whole SJAG family for trusting me to fill the position left by the late Lamin Darboe who did a lot for the association," he said, adding: "I will not disappoint them."
Mballow also says steering the affairs of the SJAG is his number one priority.
"It is emotional for me today to replace someone who was a wonderful and hardworking man, which is an extra motivation," Mballow, who succumbed to a defeat by the late Darboe during the SJAG election almost four months ago, told this reporter shortly after he was confirmed the treasurer.
He further promised to work closely with his fellow executive members to ensure the SJAG realizes its ultimate objective.
Mballow will be assisted by Ebrima Bah of the Daily News newspaper who was serving as assistant to the late Lamin Darboe.
Darboe was before his untimely departure the sports editor of the Foroyaa newspaper.
He died in a Barra Ferry accident when his four wheel landcruiser plunged headlong into the river.
He was said to be returning to the Kombos from his home