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Veteran sports administrator George Gomez passes away

Sep 3, 2020, 11:47 AM | Article By: Pap Saine

George Gomez, a veteran sports administrator, an ex-footballer and an athlete who also served as president of The Gambia Football Association, now Federation, from 1990 to 1992 died on Tuesday night.

He was 82. He had also served as  secretary general to the Association

He played for Atomic, Augustines, the then Gambia National team called Gambia 11, and was also an 800m runner for Banjul Athletic.

He was among those who defeated Senegal in Dakar in 1962, the last time The Gambia defeated Senegal (3- 2) during the Kwameh Trophy which was an international competition.  

The players were Amou Taal, George Gomez, Salifou Ndour, Ousman Sillah, Max Njie, Lie Ngum, Sol Jeng, Ekou Fobce, Musa Jobarteh, Hassan Jallow, Solomon Gomez, Pa Willie Ndour, Solomon Gomez and Nyamsou Sambou. Goal scorers for The Gambia during that game were: Ekou Fobce, George Gomez and Solomon Gomez.

He served as Executive Director of The Gambia National Olympic Committee, as well as chairman of the interim consultative committee from 1998 to 2000 to set up Gambia National Sports Council.

The late Mr. Gomez also served as an Executive Committee Member of the Football Association from 1978 to 1982.

He was also Interim National Football Coach between 1978 and 1979 with the late coach Kebba Njie.

The late veteran administration also served as Executive Secretary of The Gambia National Olympic and sports committee between 1991 to 2004 (the first Gambia to occupy this post).

He later became Executive Director of GNOC between 2004 and 2010.

He also served as Chef de mission in many Olympic Games including 1996 and 2008 Olympic Games.

He was also the Chairman of Scholar Athlete for change in 2009.

He further went on to serve as member of the independence stadium for 2 terms from 2000 to 2008.

Doudou Joof, president of The Gambia National Olympic told The Point "we lost one of the pillars of sports because he was a good organiser and administrator."

George Gomez was an all rounder and initiator. He even initiated the Senegambia run for integration.

"We have lost a sports veteran whose role was to see the development of youth and sports,” he further said, adding that he was internationally known.

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