Monday 26 June 2017
(AFP (eng) 05/09/17)
Sprinters Alieu Joof and Assan Faye are hoping to land Gambia's first-ever medals at an Islamic Solidarity Games when the fourth edition takes place in Baku. The 100 and 200-metre specialists are looking for their first individual medals at any athletics event, and are also hoping to deliver for their country. Gambia failed to win a medal in Saudi Arabia in 2005 and in Indonesia in 2013, and are pinning their hopes on their talented young sprint pair, who are confident of a major tournament breakthrough. "We are expecting to have a fruitful competition," said 20-year-old 100-metre specialist Assan Faye, whose personal best stands at 10.51 seconds. Faye
(AFP (eng) 03/16/17)
Africa will host a Commonwealth Games one day despite the blow of Durban being stripped of hosting the 2022 edition, David Grevemberg, the chief executive of The Commonwealth Games Federation (CGF), told AFP. Durban lost the right to host the Games on Monday -- just 18 months after being awarded them -- when it failed to meet criteria laid down by the CGF, primarily over costs. "I wouldn't want to make a judgement call," Grevemberg told AFP on the sidelines of a briefing by 2018 Games hosts Gold Coast on Wednesday. "Durban has hosted some great events, it is a fantastic city and are wonderful warm hosts with bright ambitions and great aspirations. "However, it takes more than a municipality,...
(AFP (eng) 02/10/17)
Up to 18 players at the just-completed Africa Cup of Nations could be involved in the new-look CAF Champions League when it kicks off this weekend. Among them is Georges Bokwe, one of two unused goalkeepers in the Cameroon squad that defeated Egypt in the final last Sunday in Gabon. Bokwe was kept out of the starting line-up by the consistent brilliance of Spain-based Fabrice Ondoa, who was included in the team of the tournament. But Bokwe is the first...
(AFP (eng) 01/09/17)
Gabon witnessed one of the most sensational finishes to an Africa Cup of Nations tournament when no-hopers Zambia stunned the Ivory Coast to win the 2012 final. Zambia failed to qualify this time, but the Ivorians will be among the favourites again when the competition returns to the central African state with the first fixtures scheduled for Saturday. AFP Sport rates the chances of the 16 challengers for the $4 million (3.8 million euros) first prize (last three competitive results...
(AfricaNews 12/05/16)
Cameroon’s Indomitable Lionesses failed to use home advantage and revenge in the final of the Women African Cup of Nations (AWCON 2016) losing by a goal to Nigeria’s Super Falcons. The Super Falcons thus successfully defended the title they won in 2014 by defeating Cameroon in Namibia. The hosts entered the final aiming to win their first title and avenge two previous defeats by Nigeria. But a late goal by Oparanozie Desire dashed hopes and sent disappointment through the teeming...
(AFP (eng) 11/10/16)
All CAF competitions will offer increased prize money from 2017, the Cairo-based African football body said Wednesday. The announcement came months after French oil-gas company Total signed an eight-year sponsorship deal with CAF reportedly worth more than one billion dollars (915 million euros). Winners of the biennial Africa Cup of Nations will receive $4 million, up from the $1.5 million pocketed by 2015 champions the Ivory Coast. CAF Champions League title-holders are going to collect $2.5 million -- $1 million...
(AFP (eng) 11/03/16)
The goalkeeper of the Gambia's national women's football team died crossing the Mediterranean in the hope of starting a new life in Europe, her former coach told AFP Wednesday. Fatim Jawara, believed to have been just 19, was on board a boat that ran into trouble in the Mediterranean last month while crossing from Libya to Europe. She joins more than 3,300 migrants who have lost their lives in its waters this year, according to figures from the International Organization...
(AFP (eng) 11/03/16)
African champions Mamelodi Sundowns won for the first time in the South African Premiership this season Wednesday and climbed off the bottom of the table. The Pretoria club triumphed 2-0 at Polokwane City thanks to goals from Percy Tau and Zimbabwean Khama Billiat, two stars of the 2016 CAF Champions League triumph. Sundowns became African champions for the first time 11 days ago by defeating Zamalek of Egypt 3-1 on aggregate in the final. But a domestic fixture backlog meant...
(The Point 10/07/16)
Lamin K. Colley, presidential aspirant for the Gambia National Olympic Committee (GNOC), has highlighted some of his plans ahead of the 5th November 2016 elective congress. Speaking in an exclusive interview with Pointsports yesterday at his Serrekunda Police Station Office, King Colley, as he is widely known, said he would tender his nomination to run for the presidency today Friday 7 October 2016. Born on 25 May 1968, King attended Busura Primary School in Kombo Central from 1975 to 1980...
(AfricaNews 09/19/16)
The agreement on African games signed in Cairo over the weekend between the African Union and the Association of National Olympic committees of Africa will be implemented after validation by the Africa Union commission. The two parties are expected to mobilise renowned African athletes and the best teams to help raise their level of performance. Sources say the African Union will continue to manage the African games while the Union of African Sports Confederations will take care of its technical...
(AFP (eng) 07/22/16)
French petroleum giant Total signed an eight-year deal to become the new sponsor of African football and its showpiece event, the Africa Cup of Nations, on Thursday. The sponsorship of the tournament will start at its next edition in Gabon from Jan 14 to Feb 5, 2017. "This partnership is a major milestone in our ongoing search for additional resources to accelerate African football’s development, bring its governance up to date, upgrade its sports infrastructure and advance its performance globally,"...
(AFP (eng) 06/16/16)
Demarte Pena was too young to fight in Angola's civil war, where his family played a major role, but he has fought his way to a mixed martial arts championship. Instead of an AK47, "The Wolf" as he is known in the ring, uses fists, feet and pure muscle to subdue his opponents in what is seen as one of the fastest growing sports in Africa. Pena is bantamweight champion among the new crop of mixed martial arts fighters in...
(AFP (eng) 06/14/16)
Gambian refugee Bakery Jatta has signed a contract with German Bundesliga side Hamburg, the club said Tuesday, in what local media dubbed a "football fairytale". Jatta -- who made the dangerous Mediterranean crossing from North Africa to Italy last year as a lone teenager -- on Tuesday inked a 10,000 euro ($11,000) a month contract with HSV. The young striker, who had previously never played in a club, impressed HSV during a test session in January but had to wait,...
(APA 05/06/16)
Gambia Football Federation (GFF) and the GTBank Gambia have on Thursday signed a Memorandum of Understanding to sponsor Football Schools under the auspices of Secondary Schools Football Association. The signing ceremony was held at the Bank Head Office along Kairaba Avenue witnessed by senior staff of GTBank and Executive Committee of the Gambia Football Federation. The President of Secondary Schools Football Association Martin Gomez signed on behalf of his Association while GTBank Managing Director Bolagie Ayodele represented the bank. In...
(The Point 04/01/16)
Sierra Leone are set to host The Gambia in the first leg of the 2017 African U-20 Youth championship qualifiers tomorrow, Saturday 2 April 2016, in Makeni. The Shooting Stars will be hostile to sink The Gambia to sail to the second round as well as keep their chances of qualifying for the 2017 African U-20 Youth Championship to be hosted in Zambia. The Darling Scorpions, on the other hand, will also be antagonistic to grab positive result against Sierra...
(Voice of America 03/15/16)
George Wyndham of Sierra Leone is a force to be reckoned with. He’s been playing table tennis for 14 years, despite being paralyzed by polio as a child. Now, at age 26, he is among the best physically challenged players in Africa. "Whenever I play table tennis, it always makes me happy and forget about my disability," Wyndham said. Having polio has pushed him even harder to make something of his life, he says, especially in a country where there...
(APA 01/19/16)
A former AC Milan youth player who purported to be 19 years of age is facing fraud charges after his Facebook profile revealed that he is actually 28. According to the website of the Monday edition of the Mirror newspaper, Yusupha Yaffa was on the books at the San Siro until earlier this season, where chiefs believed him to still be a teenager. The Italian media have now found out that the striker was pretending to be nine years younger...
(Reuters (Eng) 01/16/16)
FIFA presidential candidate Prince Ali Bin Al Hussein of Jordan has asked soccer's world governing body to investigate Friday's agreement signed between the African and Asian confederations in case it breaches the electoral code. Asian Football Confederation (AFC) President Sheikh Salman Bin Ebrahim Al Khalifa and Confederation of African Football (CAF) counterpart Issa Hayatou signed the 'co-operation agreement' in Rwanda, just over a month before the FIFA presidential election in Zurich on Feb. 26. Sheikh Salman, South African politician and...
(The Point 01/12/16)
Ousman Marong, a native of Farato village based in the UK, and Karang Lang Jorbateh, president of Brikama football committee,have donated football items to Farato youth sports committee. The items which included football jerseys, shocks and footballs were presented at a ceremony at Farato village recently. Speaking at the presentation, president of Farato youth sports committee, Karamo Njie, thanked the donors for their "wonderful support" to the committee. Mr Njie said the president of Brikama football committee has always said...
(The Point 01/11/16)
The Gambia Football Federation on Friday 8 January 2016 received at its Secretariat Roman Bucher and Beatrice Yama nationals from Switzerland who presented sets of football jerseys as philanthropic gesture to the football federation. Roman and Beatrice were accompanied to the Football House by Mustapha Alex Da Costa who expressed thanks to the GFF leadership for receiving them. He said the reason for their visit to the GFF and to Football House is to present jerseys to the GFF and...

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