Gambian professional coach stage U-12 & U-15 football tournament

BY: Arfang M.S Camara

Gambian Professional Coach for UK-based Moneyfields F.C, Edrissa Sallah over the weekend staged an under 12 and 15 football tournament which is named after Late Alagie Housainou M.M Njai. The tournament was played at the Banjul KG5 Mini-Stadium.

This tournament which brought together six teams is aimed to promote grassroots football in the country and as well give chance to the kids to showcase their talent.

The tournament which started on Saturday and ends on Sunday was won by Half Die Football Academy in the Under 12 competition, while Banjul Football Academy won the Under 15 tournament respectively.

Each of the winners were awarded a set of jersey and a cash prize of D2000, while the runners ups were also given a set of jersey for consolation. Ebrima Touray of Banjul Football Academy won the best player of the tournament.

Speaking in an interview with Gambia Sports’ Arfang M.S.Camara, Edrissa Sallah said that they are doing this tournament to promote grassroots football in the country, adding that he think that they need to help football development on the Gambia so as to get to the next level and as well as helping the kids to play in a safe environment and to be happy as well.

“We are trying to bring like an academy league in the country and as well trying to be organizing a yearly football festival for the kids. It is going to take time but surely we would get there,” he buttressed.

According to him, this (U-15) tournament is the first edition for the kids, noting that it would be continuing process as it’s seeks to help children develop their talents as well help grassroots football in the country.

He added that, is aiming to make this project bigger and better as he said they are working with some honest and energetic people, adding that this under 15 football is going to be moving around countrywide not only in Banjul.

For her part, Councilor of Banjul South said that this is very important tournament geared towards promoting grassroots football, adding that Edi Salah’s aims is to help develop the country football started from the grassroots.

Jane Joof, founder of Essau Football Academy, thanked Edrissa Sallah for staging this tournament for the young players, adding that this kind of tournament help in the development of grassroots football in the country.

The Fortune FC gaffer noted that this is a thing which was lacking in the Gambian sports, while urging other Gambian professionals to emulate Edi Sallah to work for the development of grassroots football.

Abdoulie Janneh of Best Football Academy expressed delights for been part of the tournament, adding that things like this would help children to development their talents and become something for the country.

Modou Musa Njie, Son of Late Alagie Ousainou M.M Njie, joined others to thank Edi Sallah for remembering his father’s tireless efforts for the development of the country football, adding that these are the kind of things they want to help develop the country grassroots football.