The 10th edition of the National Sports Awards will be held on Saturday at the Coco Ocean Resort and Spa in Bijilo to decorate sports journalists and personalities, and celebrate sports journalism.
Organized by the Sports Journalists Association of The Gambia (SJAG), the night is expected to be graced by a number of sports personalities across the sub-region, including the Senegalese Sports Minister Matarr Ba.
“We are expecting sports legends and senior government officials from within and outside the country to grace the event,” said Alieu Ceesay, the Secretary General of SJAG.
Hundreds of people are expected to grace the gala event to celebrate the achievements of Gambian athletes, teams, officials and volunteers.
Among the awardees of last year’s edition was three-time CAF Africa Best Referee, Bakary Papa Gassama.
Uthman Jeng, the 1st Vice President of SJAG said the event gives the organization a chance to celebrate some truly inspirational Gambian sportsmen and women. “It gives a real sense of pride for the SJAG to see youngsters in sports develop knowing we’ve helped them along the way.”
Below are the nominees for this year’s awards:
Best Female Team of the Year
Red Scorpions Football Team
Armed Forces Volleyball Team
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
Outstanding Senior School in Sports
Bottrop Senior School
The Gambia Senior School
Essau Senior School
Male Coach of the Year
Saul Kuyateh- Gamtel/Gamcel
Matarr Mboge- National U-20 Coach
Pa Barrow- Coach, National Beach Volleyball Team
Best Female Athlete
Adama Tamba- Red Scorpions
Abie Kujabi- GAF Volleyball Team
Ola Buwaro – Athlete
Best Male Team of the Year
SK East Male Volleyball Team
2018 U-20 WAFU Team
Best Local-based Athlete
Adama Tamba (Red Scorpions)
Bubacarr Jallow (Gamtel)
Wrestler Hoyantan (Club Ndongo Ceesay)
Best Foreign-Based Athlete
Faye Njie- Judoka (Finland)
Musa Barrow- Atlanta (Italy)
Omar Colley- Sampdoria