By Muhammed L Bojang
The life of former football legend Alhagie Momodou Njie alias Biri Biri was remembered in tributes at a state funeral service at the McCarthy Square in Banjul on Wednesday.
Dignitaries from the Gambia and foreign diplomats attended the ceremony giving glowing tributes to the legend, Biri Biri who undoubtedly was the best player the Gambia had ever produced.
Speaking at the funeral was Biri’s younger, Mr Bekai Njie who said: “Biri is devoted and he loves his religion, anytime he is at home he will be spending his time with the children and that shows you how humble and down to earth he is and he loves his family too.”
The Minister of Youth and Sports, Honourable Hadrammeh Sidibeh also paid tribute to the football icon.
“The Cabinet has been supportive since the announcement of his illness. Biri is never a talkative but will let his actions do the talking and he will never be forgotten.”
In her tribute, the Lord Mayor of Banjul, Ms Rohey Malick Lowe, said Banjul was lucky to be birthplace of this great icon.
“Banjul was lucky to be the birthplace of such a talent. Biri was a perfect gentleman and his last words to me was ‘Mayor you have to be strong’ and this message will always reflect on the people of Banjul.”
The President of The Gambia Football Federation GFF, Mr Lamin Kaba Bajo has also paid a solemn tribute to the man who put the Gambia on the football map of the world.
“Biri was a man among men, he was inarguably the Gambia’s all time great. He played in 4 generations of National Team and he put the Gambia in a world map and still keep his modest that shows you the man he is.”
Alhagie Momodou Njie alias Biri Biri died on Sunday 19th of July, in the Capital city of Senegal, Dakar. He was laid to rest on Wednesday evening at Jeshwang Cemetery.