The Women’s beach volleyball team of The Gambia Armed forces “GAF” survived a brutal final to defend their title as they beat Interior 2-0 (21-12, 21-18) on Sunday at Pocoloco in the second edition of the National beach volleyball champions. With a new initiative to punish every single error Interior players could be seen wincing […]
Old Jeshwang men’s volleyball team has made yet another history in Gambian volleyball after beating former winners Gambia Armed forces in the knock out finals on Saturday at Manneh Sillah memorial ground 3-2 (25-13, 25-19, 21-25, 22-25 15-10). Earlier in December Jeshwang were crowed Gambian league champions for a record 4 times in a row and this feat was further merited against their closest rivals GAF.
Old Jeshwang were in a dominance fashion in the first set with young star Babucarr Jarra making lot of points and helping his team winning the set 25-13. The second set saw another wonderful play from the league winners, outstanding blocks from Lamin Jarju and Muhammed Jallow and great attacks from Malick Jammeh and Babucarr Jarra earned Jeshwang the second set at 25-19.
Gambia Armed Forces redouble their efforts in the 3rd set with good spikes from Ebrima Jatta, Famara Bojang and Alieu Barry, thus winning the 3rd set 25-21 and the 4th set 25-22. The game was forced to the golden set which Old Jeshwang ultimately won 15-10 to grab their second major trophy of the season.
Meanwhile GAF female team has confirmed their dominance after thumping Gamtel/Gamcel 3-1 (15-25, 26-24, 25-21, 25-19) to win double honours for the first time. The 2 time league champions lost the first set after most of their attacks were dug by Gamcel/Gamtel libero Fatou Taal.
The first set finished 25-15. GAF regained their prowess in the second set and individual brilliance from Abie Kujabi and good passes from setter Nyima Demba denied the opponent and the tough second set finished 26-24.
Gamtel/Gamcel outside hitter Sainabaou Tambedou inspired her team mates to strengthen their opponents to nerve moments but GAF hold on to their superiority to win the 3rd set 25-21 and finally the 4 set was settled on 25-19.
Trophies were awarded to various winners and cash prizes of 10,000 for the league champions, 5,000 for the knock out winners and Interior coach Ebrima Nyass was decorated as the most disciplined coach by Olympafrica center
Muhammed L Saidykhan.
Press Officer Gambia Volleyball Federation
The first National referee course organized by CAVB under the presidency of Yunusa Barry in Gambia was concluded on Monday 27th July 2015 in Banjul, with the participation of 19 referees. The five-day programme conducted by FIVB instructor Jaouad Berrada (Morocco) followed-up on a similar course implemented in August 2014 which was instructed by CAVB international referee Bai Dodou Jallow (Gambia) and focused on practical and theoretical training, in the areas of refereeing with the objective of enabling participants to run grassroots activities within Gambia’s volleyball circle. The course ended with an examination session with 95% passes.
‘’It is always good to be part of history, and I would continue to challenge you, to accept that instead of succeeding today we have started a journey, a journey of injecting all the skills, all the knowledge and passion we know about volleyball’’ commented Yunusa Barry President Gambia Volleyball Federation (GVBF). We can see that a great deal of attention is being given to volleyball by Government, local sporting authorities, clubs, schools and academies to support the local volleyball scene.”
“The course provided us with a clear insight into some key aspects of refereeing in volleyball, including volleyball development, the organization of Volleyball festivals and basic refereeing skills, which will play a key role in the development of our sport in Gambia,” said Joseph Sambou a Participant from Gambia Armed Forces (GAF).
Course instructor Jaouad Berrada also thanked the participants for discipline, commitment and dedication. He commended the national federation for conducting refereeing courses in the Gambia and confirmed that 16 referees successfully pass the exam.
Muhammed L Saidykhan