May 9, 2013, 10:11 AM
The following were also elected unopposed to serve in the following capacities: Uthman Jeng as first vice president, Sise Sawaneh as second vice president, Alieu Ceesay as Secretary General, Momodou Bah as Assistant Secretary General and John Mendy as co-opted member.
Speaking at the AGM, Alhagie Pap Saine, Honorary Life President of the Sports Journalists Association of the Gambia said, the association needs to be organising AGMs to know their constraints and strength, adding that he was pleased to see the increased number of members of the SJAG, especially female members.
He called on female youth to join the trade in promoting the game. He also assured them of their support, saying he is ready to offer his support to the SJAG whenever needed.
Mr Saine urged members of the association to be paying their monthly subscription to help in meeting the financial needs of the association.
It is also important for the association to be organising cultural and fundraising activities, he added.
Mr Saine appealed to the executive to continually organise trainings to upgrade the standards of its members.
The managing director of The Point congratulated the association for the democratic way it conducted its election, but stated that members have a big task ahead of them.
He advised members of the association not to be bias in reporting as they should be covering activities of all sporting associations in the country.
He also took time to thank Mr Koume, ANPS president, for taking time off his busy schedule to witness the AGM.
Concluding, he urged members of the association to cooperate with the executive for the development of the association.
Mamadou Koume, president of Association Nationale de la Presse Sportive de Senegal (ANPS), in his remarks, said the relationship between the two associations “is cordial and important”.
He commended the association for its many activities geared towards development, saying there are many sports journalist associations in Africa without much activities and programmes.
He called on members of the association to be united in order to be strong and to achieve their aims and objective.
He described sports journalism as very important, hence urged members to take it seriously.
Gambia Press Union president Bai Emil Touray described SJAG as a progressive association that always wants to lead the way, noting that they are honoured to be partners with the SJAG.
Mr Touray commended Musa and his executive for their brilliant work in moving the association forward. He also called on members to support the executive.
“Through collaborative efforts we can move sports journalism forward,” he said.
Musa Sise, in his president-elect statement, called for commitment and dedication from members, saying: “We have to share the hard work to move the association forward. We can achieve a lot if we come together as a family.”
The association is bigger than all of us, he added, saying SJAG will change for the better.
He said they would work to see that members of the association are respected by all.
Mr Sise also said they will engage everyone who is a stakeholder, as well as those interested in what the SJAG is doing.
He would work to do whatever he could as he intends to make a difference, he promised.