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Profile: veteran footballer, athlete Moses Trinn

Apr 16, 2010, 3:23 PM

Moses Trinn, a veteran footballer and also a formidable athlete during his playing days has made a name for himself in events, such as High Jump, Pole Volt and Hurdles.

The 69-year-old former student of Saint Augustines and VCT was born in Banjul, where he also started his playing career when he was young in the streets of Banjul and McCarthy Square.  

Trinn began his football career with Black diamond in 1964, where he spent one season under the captaincy of Pa Mamady Sowe in 1964, another formidable player for Black Diamond.

Trinn in 1966 transferred to Augustinians a top team in the country's top flight football.

He was one time captain of the club which is a household club, and was also one of the good players, who represented the then Gambia senior national team, called Gambia XI.

Trinn made his debut for the senior national team in 1964 against Mauritania as his valuable contribution help The Gambia XI beat Mauritania, both at home and in Mauritania.

Trinn, who was also one time captain of the Gambia XI had a short career as a footballer.

He suffered a broken leg in 1969 during Augustinians clash against Real De Banjul, which ruled him out of action for three 3 months.

A year later, Trinn recovered from a career threatening injury and returned to the game as he bounced back to shift attention to coaching.

Trinn was undeniably a key figure in the Gambian athletics side in the events like High Jump, Pole Volt, as well as hurdles in events like 110, 120 meters.

He made history in 1962 by becoming the first Gambian athlete to qualify for High Jump. He jumped 6 feet and 2 inches, which was the entry requirement of the Festival Mondale, hosted in Dakar, Senegal.

Trinn qualified to the semi-final of the competition and went on to increase his record by jumping 6 feet and 3 inches. 

In 1963, he managed to jump the pole volt 11 feet 5 inches in the GAAA competition, making him the champions of those events leading up to 1965 when his record was broken by another Gambian veteran athlete, Sheikh Teejan Faye, who was one time a police officer of the Gambia Police Force.

Trinn?s record in 120 meters hurdles was also broken by Arthur Foster, who defeated him in the timing of 14.8 seconds in 1968.

He only managed to keep hold on to the record of pole volt and losing the other two records.

Trinn underwent a three months successful coaching course in England, along with his Gambian compatriot Abdoulie Ngum.

The duo has served as the Senior Nation Team coaches between 1970 and 1971, where they took charge of players, such as Captain Saihou Sarr, Kebba dyers, among others.

Trinn with the likes of Alagie Momodou Njie Biri Biri, Pa Jeng, Charles Thomos, Solomon Jatta and Pa Modou Faal used to play without a coach.

Despite the fact that there was no coach to take charge of them, they remain key figures in the sports, as a result of their own individual efforts.

When asked his impression on present sports development in the country, Trinn responded by saying that sports is improving significantly, thanks to the support of the Gambian leader.

Trinn, now a retired Civil Servant, used the platform to advise the Gambian footballers to maintain discipline and also to listen to the instruction of their coaches in their quest to achieve the desired result.