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Pointsport anchor off to Dakar

Apr 16, 2010, 2:42 PM | Article By: Cherno O. Bobb

Following a successful completion of Phase One of the AFP-FIFA media professional training course in the Senegalese Capital Dakar last month, Pointsport anchor Lamin Drammeh this morning left Banjul International Airport for Dakar, Senegal to attend the second and final phase of the highly-rated FIFA media training course for sports journalists across Africa.

The week-long FIFA media training course, which is made freely available for African reporters is jointly organised by Africa Frence Presse AFP, one of 3 biggest media agencies and the world's football governing body FIFA in a bid to help train African journalists in preparation for the World Cup in South Africa.

The practical course which will kick-off in Dakar tomorrow would present the African reporters with the unique opportunity to be exposed to international standards.

Drammeh, who is one of the favourites to claim the forthcoming sports journalists association's most outstanding sports writer of the year award, has once again expressed optimism to achieve the desired result, having won an award in the first part of the training programme in Dakar last month.

"The dream of every journalist is to be associated with such a high-level media training course and I am extremely delighted to be part of it," Drammeh Pointsport's anchorman told this reporter, a few hours before his departure.

Drammeh, who joined the country's most authoritative Newspaper from the Gambia Radio and Television Service (GRTS) on 3rd March 2009, thanked the entire management and staff of The Point Newspaper for the support given to him.

He promised to do his best to continue raising the standards of the institution that has brought the best out of him since he joined them last year.

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.

Meanwhile, two other Gambian journalists, namely Fatoumatta Saho and Musa Fatty, who both report for the Football Digest publication, are also part of the project, which has already trained about 150 African journalists since the project was last year launched.