The nation’s prestigious and most sought-after Sports Awards Night is here again with a well-packaged and exciting award scheme.
The Sports Journalists Association of The Gambia (SJAG) which has over the years recognized and rewarded the country’s hardworking sports Men and Women will hold its 11th edition on 3rd July 2021 under the theme “Celebrating to inspire.”
The SJAG is established as the country’s greatest form of appreciation that recognizes excellence in the sports field with accolades awarded annually through vetting from a competent set of sports committees.
The Award has not only motivated active Gambia sportsmen and women but continues to serve as a source of inspiration for aspiring young sportsmen and women, who are looking up to the awardees as sports role models.
Speaking to the Chronicle, The Secretary-General of the Sports Journalists of The Gambia Alieu Ceesay said the only category available for this year is the Foreign Based Athlete and also a remembrance awards for veteran and fallen sports legends of the country.
Mr. Ceesay added that even though not many sporting activities had happened in The Gambia last year due to the global pandemic which made the league incomplete but Gambian foreign-based Athletes had their leagues completed.
“We had some individual athlete and team performances in international competitions that we are going to celebrate and award.”
Ceesay said it has not been easy organizing such awards year in, year out, but the support of partners to the organizing committee under the leadership of SJAG President Musa Sise is overwhelming.
“We have to thank them for believing in SJAG and supporting this event. We are looking forward to a very successful event.”
Senegal and Liverpool football star Sadio Mane is expected to grace this year’s award and with over 400 guests from The Gambia and Senegal.
This year’s event will be held on 3rd July 2021 at the Sir Dawda Jawara Conference Centre in Bijilo.
In 2020 the SJAG could not hold an Award night because the world was confronted with a global pandemic and all activities were put to hold.
A look at the 2019 Award nominees & Winners:
Nominees and winners
Best Female Team of The Year
Gambia Armed Forces Volleyball Team
Red Scorpions Football Team (Winner)
GAF Beach Volleyball Team
Best Female Coach
Chorro Mbenga – Red Scorpions Female Football Team
Mariama Bom Sowe – National Female Team
Mariama Sallah – National Athletics Team (Winner)
Outstanding Senior School in Sports
Bottrop Senior School (Winner)
The Gambia Senior School
Essau Senior School
Male Coach of The Year
Mattar M’Boge – National U-20 Coach
Pa Barrow – National Beach Volleyball Team coach
Sulayman Kuyateh – Coach of Gamtel/Gamcel FC (Winner)
Best Referee of the Year
Lamin N Jammeh (Winner)
Best Female Athlete
Adama Tamba – Red Scorpions FC (Winner)
Abie Kujabi – GAF Volleyball team
Ola Buwaro – Athlete
Best Male Team of the Year
Gamtel FC – 2018 League Champions
SK East Male Volleyball Team – 2018 Volleyball Champions
2018 Gambia U-20 Team – WAFU Champions (Winner)
Best Local-based Athlete
Adama Tamba – Red Scorpions Female Team
Bubacarr Jallow – Gamtel FC
Abdoulie Ndow alias Hoyantan – Wrestler of Club Ndongo Ceesay (Winner)
Best Foreign-Based Athlete
Faye Njie – Judoka (Finland)
Musa Barrow – Atalanta (Italy)
Omar Colley – Sampdoria (Winner)