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The Point newspaper's assistant head of sport off to Dakar

Mar 8, 2010, 1:40 PM

Lamin Drammeh, the Assistant Head of Sports Desk of the country's most authoritative newspaper, The Point yesterday evening left Banjul International Airport, to attend a weeklong FIFA media professional training course for sports journalists, web masters and photographers across Africa.

The training is organised by AFP foundation as part of FIFA's "Win in Africa" development initiative in preparation for the 2010 World Cup, to be staged for the first time on African soil this summer.

The high-profile journalists course, which is made freely available to African media by FIFA before 2010 World Cup in South Africa will be organised in two stages.

A theoretical course, which kicked-off in the Senegalese capital earlier today will be followed by a more practical course in mid-April.

The AFP-FIFA project is part of FIFA's "Win in Africa" development initiative, which was earlier launched in 2009 after South Africa was chosen to host the 2010 World Cup.

Speaking to our reporter a few hours before his departure, Drammeh expressed delight to be part of such a high-profile FIFA training course.

He is however hopeful that the course will avail him the unique opportunity to be exposed to an international standard, as well as prepared for the challenges that lies ahead of him as far as journalism in concerned.

Drammeh further took the opportunity to extend thanks and appreciation to the entire management and staff of The Point newspaper for the continuous support they have been rendering to him since he joined the institution in March, last year.

This paper has also confirmed that two other Gambian journalists, namely Musa Fatty and Fatou Saho, both sports reporters of Sports Digest Publication are part of the project which has already trained about 150 African journalists since the project was launched sometime last year.

The trio are expected back home this Saturday.