May 12, 2008, 5:04 AM
The Deaf Scorpions of the Gambia which consisted of 53 people has successful completea three-day North Bank Region tour from December 20th to 22nd as part of its new talent search ahead of their first ever participation in the Africa Deaf Football Cup of Nations in Ivory Coast next year.
The Deaf Scorpions in a press release issued to Point Sports added that it is with this regard and willingness for sports promotion, development and soldering of the national team “towards huge achievement” and for extra opportunity in the forthcoming first ever competition that they are availing the hidden talents the opportunity to showcase their skills.
The championship which will be held in the Ivorian capital of Abidjan between the 4th and 25th October 2014 will see Gambia face the host nation in the opening game of the competition.
The senior national deaf team as well as the junior team players, officials and fans were all part of the tour. The tour was conducted in a form of a football tournament which took place at the Fass Njaga Choi playing field and both deaf teams has play a test match against the senior and junior teams of the village respectively. The results of matches were very positive and became in favors of Deaf scorpions teams side, meanwhile the junior scorpion who were on their first ever test match draw with the village junior team 0-0.
The senior team soccer match was the main game watch by hundreds of people. Deaf Scorpions score it first goal within five minutes during first half by the striker Silayman Jaiteh pass from Masanneh Samureh. While the second goal during the second half was score by Sulayman Jaiteh with pass from winger Bakary Mendy. The match end with 2-1
The coach of the teams Musa Colley was impressed with the performance of both teams. But he stress that the matches were conducted as fair and play and his senior should score more goals than they have done today. He said that the problem was that he only single week to train the team before going on tour. He promised to continue training the team after complotting the tour and that the National Deaf Scorpions will bring glory to the nation from Abidjan, October 2014. The players of Fass Football team are great because some them are divisions players and others are security football from Urban/kombo as identified
According to the president of the Gambia Deaf Sports Association (GDSA) Lamin Ceesay, the tour is meant to identify great deaf players across the country that will join the national team for a possible participation at the upcoming event next year. He added that they are mapping the way to strengthen the team in order to make history for the country at the championship, before assuring that their love for sports is meant to seeking equality in the community as well as contribute to the national development agenda.
“Deafness does not mean inability; it is a test and as a gift which we obtained/received from the Almighty God, the Greatest and glory is his. We accepted it as of searching of the inner peace. Our prayers for you will be reward and accept by Allah/God our lord the creator of all living and non-living things. Yes, you know that some deaf persons cannot speak but remember that his/her commitment in praying for you is meant that the angels are praying for you instead,” Ceesay further wrote.
I would also like to thank to the native people of Fass Village for been gratified/generous and for hospitalizing us during our stay and all that they have done to promote and support Deaf Scorpions. Most specifically the prayers they bestows/shower on us by their great religion leaders toward possible participation of National Deaf Scorpions and its fans at the national cup October 2014, Abidjan Ivory Coast.
The association finally called on people to come to their aid and support them in their efforts to “attain excellence in sports” for the benefit of this admirable and peaceful country within the sub region, “The Gambia flag should never be let down at Abidjan, Ivory Coast in October 2014. Now get me at email@example.com or +220 77 28 0 92 / 88 0 55 99,” Ceesay added.