Jul 6, 2009, 8:20 AM
Hello and a warm welcome to yet another scintillating edition of Personality of the Week, your weekly column aimed at bringing prominent Gambian top notches and achievers into the limelight.
In today's edition, we bring you the profile of an outstanding sports personality who for many years won the hearts and respect of every Gambian, young and old; a man whose capabilities, skills, high sense of commitment to duty and strategic initiatives go beyond sporting.
"Some are born great, some achieve greatness and some have greatness trusted upon them", a popular saying by world acclaimed poet, William Shakespeare.
What's Gambian football without a mention of the all time great Alhagie Momodou Ngoos Njie commonly known as (Biri- Biri). Who else can overshadow the monumentally achievements of Biri- Biri in Gambian football? He'll go down in the history of Gambian football as the greatest football talent this country has ever produced.
Just as no African leader can outshine the likes of Nelson Mandela, Kwame Nkrumah among others, so no Gambian footballer can eclipse Biri Biri; they can only be like. Footballers like Biri Biri are usually the benchmark for others to follow in this country.
Even when the
Alhagie Momodou Ngoos Njie was a major force in guiding and directing the development of football in the country. It is in this light that we find it worthwhile to bring you a profile of this great son of The Gambia. Please sit back, relax and enjoy the reading.
Born in the late 40's, Biri Biri attended
During his playing days in The Gambia, he was the player that every team wanted to have on its side. He went on to play for white Phantoms, Arrance, Augustinians and Wallidan winning trophies and medals with all these teams.
A household name in the
Biri Biri played against teams from
In 1965 after playing against
In 1972, he turned professional and signed for a Danish 1st Division club B1901. In 1973, he signed a five year contract with Seville FC a 1st Division team in
In 1978, he returned to
In recognition of his contribution to Sports and football in particular, he was awarded the
Though retired from active play, Biri Biri still contributes to football by advising players particularly those in the National team about tactics and training methods. As a qualified and effective leader, Biri is currently the manager of the Senior National Football team and is also a member of the National Sports Council. He would undoubtedly have a moving and inspiring success stories to recount since he shines at any corner of duty call.
In recognition of his fantastic contribution towards the development of football in this country coupled with the huge promotion and exposure he has given to this country, Alhagie Momodou Ngoos Njie alis Biri Biri was voted the Most Outstanding Sports Personality of the year 2008 and was inducted into the hall of fame.
Having already left an indelible mark in all corners of society, Biri Biri's ability to succeed has been established beyond any reasonable doubt. . His impressive track record coupled with his diverse experience most especially in the area of sports, has put him upright as the one of the greatest citizens that this country has ever produced.
He is a man whose vision and mission for this country makes him stands out as a key stakeholder in the socio-economic development of this country. His name has and will remain clear in the history books of this country.