By Cherno Omar Bobb
Real de Banjul football club on Wednesday donated a set of 22 jerseys and five footballs to the Gambia National Olympics Committee (GNPC), which are meant for GNPC’s amputee football team.
The presentation ceremony was held at the Independence Stadium in Bakau with GNPC vice president Sainey Colley receiving the materials on behalf of the association.
In making the presentation, the President Real De Banjul Football Club, Willy Abraham, described the gesture as their duty as Gambians and a football club. He added that the generosity is meant to encourage the team continue training hard. He also congratulated the association on its athletes’ recent success.
The first vice president of The Gambia Football Federation (GFF) Bakary Jammeh, said the gesture will go a long way towards the development of football in the country. He said as a federation they are happy that the physically challenged people had taken up football.
“Football is for everybody regardless of creed, sex or physical wellbeing”, he stated, adding that football can change the life of anybody.
Mr. Jammeh went on to hail Hagie Drammeh for his efforts towards the youth and sports development in the country over the years.
The National Amputee team is expected to take part in the qualifiers for the regional championship later in September.
The donated items are intended to enable the national amputees soccer team adequately prepare for any future competition which will propel them to the Africa Amputee’s Cup of Nations.
In response, the Press Attache of The Gambia National Paralympic Committee Hagie Drammeh expressed delight with the donation, which he noted will help the amputee players to prepare for future tournaments.
Drammeh called on other stakeholders to support Para sports to encourage our brothers and sisters with impairment to do sports.