Gambian judoka champion Faye Njie is silver medalist after losing Friday’s final of the men’s under-73kg at the 2021 African Judo Championships in Dakar, Senegal, to Algeria’s Fethi Nourine, with bronzes being claimed by Egypt’s Ali Abdelmouaty and Tunisia’s Hamza Oerghi.
Faye Njie’s silver medal will add to his chances of winning qualifications for the coming Olympic games in Tokyo.
Born in Finland of a Gambian father, Faye Njie won a silver medal at 2015 All African Games in Brazzaville. He qualified for the Olympic Games in Rio based upon the continental quota for Africa. He is Finland-based, fighting for the Gambia. The Gambian judoka narrowly lost out to current Asian Games gold medallist Didar KHAMZA (KAZ) in his one contest at the Rio 2016 Olympics.
The Gambia has two other judokas in the Dakar African championship. Abdourahman Ceesay and Omar Jobe have a common goal: to win a medal for their country in the Senegalese capital.
The Championships are due to end on Sunday (May 23).