President Ceesay calls for support as deaf team aims to raise Gambian flag

Oct 29, 2021, 10:51 AM | Article By: Arfang M.S. Camara & Fatou Dem

The president of The Gambia Deaf Sports, Lamin M. Ceesay, has called for support from the government as they aim to raise the country’s flag high in the ongoing West Africa Deaf Football Tournament currently being hosted by the country.

The Gambian Deaf Scorpions team opened their tournament with a 4-2 win over Liberia in a game played at the Independence Stadium in Bakau on Tuesday.

They currently top the tournament’s group with 3 points and four goals, conceding two goals after playing one game.

“I want to call on the attention of the government to help the deaf national team like they d in other national team sports,” said Ceesay in an interview with Pointsports.

He went on to also call for equality in terms of support, noting that the tournament is about The Gambia and not about deaf people.

Mr. Ceesay who also doubles as the vice president of the West African Deaf Association noted that the international tournament would help The Gambia strengthen its recognition at ECOWAS.

He added that the competition will also help The Gambia economically as well as strengthen ITS existing relationship with other West Africa nations.

According to him, the winner of the tournament will be awarded gold medals, a giant trophy and a cash prize of $2000; runners up will also be given silver medal and a cash prize of $1500 while third place will receive bronze medals and cash prize of $1000.

“We have about five professional players but due to lack of support we managed to bring only one player from Italy. If we get the necessary support like other sports to bring all our five professionals, then the entire Gambia will be surprise by the kind of talents the team has,” he stated.

Amuda Yusuf Ibrahim, president of the West Africa Deaf Sports Union applauded the efforts and contribution made by West Africa teams participating in making the tournament successful.

“Most teams wanted to come but due to lack of sponsorship and travelling long distances affected their participation in the tournament.” 

He expressed gratitude to the government of The Gambia through its National Sports Council and the Minister of Youths and Sports for being supportive as the host and also for giving the approval to host the tournament in the country.

He added that the West Africa Deaf Sports Union will continue to build up the legacy and landmarks they have achieved afar.

Mr. Yusuf Ibrahim appealed to countries from the regions to support deaf sports to elevate, improve and better the lives and livelihood of their deaf people.