Colley named Gambia’s best foreign-based athlete

Sampdoria defender and Scorpions captain Omar Colley has been named the country’s best foreign-based athlete of the year at the 10th edition of the national sports award night and gala organised by the Sports Journalists’ Association of The Gambia (SJAG).

The award, held at the weekend, saw dignitaries such as the country’s First Lady and Senegal’s Sports Minister amongst others, in attendance to witness the awarding and celebration of past and present sports personalities.

Colley, who joined Sampdoria last summer from Belgian club KRC Genk, is rewarded for his outstanding performances at the one-time Italian Serie A winners and four-time Coppa Italia champions, making 17 appearances so far.

He beat fellow player Musa Barrow of Atalanta and Finnish-based judoka Faye Njie to the award.

Colley, 2017 winner of the same award, was delighted to be the prize taker after two years and says he was honoured to be chosen.

“I’m proud and honoured to be named foreign based athlete of The Gambia for the second time. I would like to thank SJAG, my family, friends, club and supporters all over the world for always being there for me,” he wrote on social media.

In other categories, wrestler Hoyantan of Club Ndongo Ceesay beat footballers Bubacarr Jallow and Adama Tamba of Gamtel FC and Red Scorpions respectively to the best local-based athlete award.

Tamba, the country’s all-time female leading goalscorer, was meanwhile consoled with the best female athlete award beating off competition from volleyballer Abie Kujabi of The Gambia Armed Forces and athlete Ola Buwaro.

The 2018 WAFU U-20 winning team, led by Mattar M’Boge, won the male team of the year ahead of the SK East male volleyball team and Gamtel FC, whose coach, Sulayman Kuyateh, scooped the male coach of the year award ahead of M’Boge and Pa Barrow of the Gambia national beach volleyball team.

National athletics coach Mariama Sallah went home with the female coach of the year award ahead of Chorro Mbenga and Mariama Bom Sowe of Red Scorpions and the Gambia national female football team respectively.

Red Scorpions, led by Chorro, were named the best female team of the year ahead of The Gambia Armed Forces volleyball and beach volleyball teams respectively.

The maiden most outstanding senior school in sports award went to Kinderdorf Bottrop Technical Senior Secondary School while Lamin Jammeh went home with the best referee of the year award, chosen by the GFF’s Referees’ Committee.

The night was capped off with the sports personality of the year award which went to the President of The Gambia Football Federation, Lamin Kaba Bajo.