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Profile: Late Kajali Badjie, a vibrant player

Sep 4, 2014, 10:39 AM | Article By: Lamin Darboe

Late Kajali Badjie, a native of Jambanjelly village in Kombo South District, West Coast Region, started his footballing career in Jambanjelly at his tender age.

His movement, free kick and dribbling skills were absolutely astonishing.

A free kick specialist, Badjie played series of Nawetan games in Jambanjelly and Gunjur with Argentina FC with eye-catching performance.

The late Gambian star was also part of Jambanjelly town team that lost to Gunjur 2-1 in 1987 Kombo South District football tournament final played at the Gunjur Upper Basic School football field.

Badjie also played Nawetan in Banjul, and his brilliant performance in the summer biggest football championship earned him a place in Banjul Super Nawetan team.

He as well played for the country’s premier league side Armed Forces before leaving for the United Kingdom.

Badjie, a versatile player who could operate in defence, the wings and was also able to play as a supporting striker, notched in several vital goals for Jambanjelly town team, Argentina FC, as well as Armed Forces, before his departure to the next world.

Many football admirers in Jambanjelly and its satellite areas describe Badjie as one of the greatest players the village had ever produced.

The 2013-2014 Kombo South district football tournament is named after him and his colleague late Ismaila Nyassi.

The trophy was donated by Abdoulie Bojang, a citizen of Jambanjelly.