Sports Minister briefed on SJAG’s 10th Sports Awards Night

BY: Alieu Ceesay, SG, SJAG

The President of the Sports Journalists’ Association of the Gambia (SJAG) Musa Sise last Friday met the country’s sports minister Hadrammeh Sidibeh at his office in Banjul to brief him on the upcoming 10th edition of the association’s National Sports Awards Night.

The 2019 edition is scheduled for the 20th of April at the prestigious Coco Ocean Hotel in Bijilo with the event meant to honour, award and celebrate present and past sports men and women, within and outside of the country for their achievements in their different sporting disciplines with three hundred and fifty guests invited to witness the glamorous night.

Musa Sise, President of SJAG, thanked the Sports Minister for receiving his delegation. He informed the minister that preparations were at an advanced stage and several sports personalities within and outside the country are expected to attend.

Among the international guests expected to witness the event, Sise said, are Senegalese Sports Minister Matarr Bah, Bissau Guinean Sports Minister, Senegalese National Team Coach Aliou Cisse, Ex-Senegalese international Henry Camara, and UK-based Gambia’s sprinter Nusrat Ceesay.

“We will also be joined by our counterparts from the Senegalese Sports Journalists’ Association (ANPS), who will also play a friendly football match with our members on Friday, 19th April at the FIFA Goal Project in Yundum.”

“It has not been easy coming this far, but with the determination of the executive members and partners, we are able to pulled it.”

The Ministry’s support to the association in staging this event has not been forthcoming in the past. However, the SJAG President, who was re-elected unopposed last year, is hoping that will change under the current Minister saying: “We want the involvement of the ministry, as a key player in the development of sports.”

The Gambia’s Sports Minister Hadrammeh Sidibeh expressed delight at receiving the SJAG delegation.

He applauded the initiative by the association to celebrate sports men and women for their hard work saying: “The Sports Journalists are critical partners to the development and promotion of sports.”

He assured of his ministry’s support and involvement in staging the event. Such an event, he added, could serve as a source of inspiration for their younger generation.

Also present at the meeting were, Ndey Marie Njie, Permanent Secretary at the Ministry, and Uthman Jeng, 1st Vice President of SJAG.

SJAG is the umbrella body of all practising sports journalists in the country. It is also affiliated to the International Sports Press Association (AIPS) and The Gambia Press Union (GPU).

The association has more than 50 registered members.