Gambia: 2017/18 Volleyball League open as GAF, Interior Win Super Cup finals

BY: Alieu Ceesay 

The 2017/2018 national volleyball season has been officially opened on Friday night when two male and two female teams vied for the right to be crowned Super Cup champions.

In the men's category, Interior defeated Brikama, while GAF Female Volleyball Team won Gamtel/Gamcel in the women’s category.

The colorful finals, which were characterized by entertainment and thrilling display of volleyball skills, were played at the Independence Stadium in Bakau.

The finals were watched by a handful of spectators including the aspiring KM Mayor Bakary Badgie, representatives of GNOC, Abdoulie Kah, Permanent Secretary at the Ministry of Sports; and President of Gambia Volleyball Federation, Bai Dodou Jallow.

The traditional curtain raisers mark the opening of the league season in The Gambia.

In an interview with Gambia Sports after the final, Pa Baboucarr Barrow, head coach of the losing Brikama Volleyball Team commended his players, The Gambia Volleyball Federation and the Brikama Sports Committee for the opportunity to play another super cup final.

Despite losing to a much more better Interior side, Barrow said the defeat was not ‘bad’ as far as the game was concern.

“During the past season, they won us inside Banjul and we won them inside Brikama. This is a lesson for us to rectify our mistakes ahead of the start of the league.”

Barrow, who has been credited for preparing and developing young volleyball players in Brikama with basic volleyball techniques, attributed the success of his side to commitment, determination and hard work.

“Our objective is to win the league or the knockout this year,” he told Gambia Sports.
His counterpart, the Interior Coach could not be reached for a post-match interview.

Malick Jammeh is the acting caretaker coach of the losing Gamtel/Gamcel Female Volleyball Team.

And in an interview with Gambia Sports, he attributed lack of enough training time with his new players to the loss.

Gamtel/Gamcel is reported to have released some of their key players after the said players were reported to have attacked one of their teammate, Muminatou Mbowe, leaving her with serious pain.

Among the players shown the exit door are Volleyball Star Sainabou Tambedou, Anna Marie Bojang, Jama Gaye, Jalika Jallow, Yama Saho, Kura Lowe and Bintou Jarju, all players of Gamcel Volleyball Team.

Despite losing to the GAF side, Jammeh, however, was quite impressed with the performance of his girls. He is hopeful that the team will do well when the league gets underway. “We are aiming for the league title.”

Lamin LF Badgie, GAF Female Volleyball Team Coach said winning the Super Cup has given him extra courage that his preparation toward the league is positive.

His side, he told this medium, was well prepared for the final, knowing well he was co,in to meet a good Gamtel/Gamcel side.

“Despite winning there is still room for improvement and we are going to work on the new playing tactics I have adopted.”