Alagie Ceesay has taken over as the new Technical Director of the Gambia Volleyball Federation, with a promise to address players’ licensing issues before the start of the national league in March.
Ceesay was appointed last week, replacing Pa Dodou Sarr who is now being moved to head the body’s organizing committee. Speaking to the Chronicle in his first media interview after his appointment, Ceesay said he has already met with his executive and national volleyball coaches to map the way forward. Already, he has a number of initiatives that he wants to introduce to promote the game. He said one of the issues he will tackle is players’ licensing system in the national volleyball league.
“Gambia is the only country in the sub region where players play in national volleyball leagues without being licensed. Over the years, clubs keep changing players game after game. They don’t care about licensing. We want to stop. If we have proper licensing system, then we can be able to monitor and also control all transfer processes of the players in the national league,” Ceesay said.
However, this will be the first-time players in the national volleyball league will be licensed and the head coach of the national U-18 beach volleyball, Pa Baboucarr Barrow told The Chronicle that this will control players’ movements and also guarantee their commitment to their clubs.
Alagie Ceesay was the Treasurer of Gambia Volleyball Federation from 2006 to 2010. He is also a level two coaching license holder (the highest in The Gambia). He’s been a senior referee for more than 10 years and he holds series of certificates on national refereeing and coaching courses. He one time served as the head coach of the national beach volleyball team and until his latest appointment, he served as the Auditor and Technical Assistant to national team coaches.