Mayoral Aspirant: I am going to prioritize sports development

BY: Alieu Ceesay

One of the aspirants for the 2018 Kanifing Municipality Council (KMC) Mayoral election Papa Njie has vowed to make sports as part of his development agenda if elected.

Njie, a former footballer and sport administrator is among the many who have expressed interest in running for the mayoral seat of the highly populated Kanifing Municipality.

Speaking in an interview with Gambia Sports on Saturday during a wrestling contest staged by Lamin Cham of Champions Sound Promotion, Njie said: “I am honored to be named after one of the flags and it is an honor to be here. It is shows that we need to honor our Gambian people as wrestling is very popular and need to be supported.”

The grand wrestling contest saw wrestler Hoyantan of Club Ndongo Ceesay defeat Gambien of Kharange Family after six minutes of fight. The much anticipated combat draw hundreds of people to the stadium in Bakau.

The turnout, according to Papa Njie, was good and showed that Gambians appreciate their sports. He therefore, calls for more investment by the government and the Kanifing Municipal Council.

“We have a problem of sports infrastructure in KM and if this combat was stage in the center of Serrekunda the turnout would have been bigger than this,” he opined, while vowing to change the status if elected as the mayor of Kanifing Municipality.

Papa Njie, who is also the president of Gambia Basketball Association and a former footballer, said sports development is top on his agenda as he bid for the KM Mayoral seat.

“I am going to make sure KMC invest in sports for its development. KM has the talents”

Serign Cham, President of The Gambia Wrestling Federation corroborated Papa Njie’s claim that there is the need for more investment in the promotion and development of sports, wrestling in particular.

“We are appealing to the government to empower the youth not to use the ‘Back Way’ through sports. We want to have our wrestling arena upgraded to have most of this combats stage there.”