12 June 2014

GAMBIA : Basketball Association Seeks Support Ahead of League Finals

The Gambia Basketball Association has called for more support in order to help the association fulfill its commitments. The association made the plea yesterday through its president at a press conference ahead of this weekend's domestic league finals in both men and women categories.
Muhammadou Papa Njie, who was speaking at Wednesday's briefing along the Kairaba Avenue, urged the general public and fans of the teams that are participating in the finals to come out in their numbers and cheer to their respective teams.
The first game on the menu will be the meeting between Saint Augustine's against Gambia Armed Forces in the women category that will be preceded by the men's final involving Young Men's Christian Association and Serekunda West. The games in both categories are a repeat of last year's finals and action will take place at the Independence Stadium in Bakau.
Speaking further, Njie called on the government, individuals and business people to come to their aid in supporting basketball in the Gambia, noting that the association definitely needs assistance if they are to fulfill their commitments as well as to lift the status of the game to a higher level. The basketball boss, who hailed the participating teams in the finals for their wonderful performances and sportsmanship throughout the course of the competitions, disclosed that aside from action on the court, there will be live performances by popular Gambian artists and cheerleaders to entertain the crowd during the games.
Reflecting on the rules and regulations of this year finals, Abdoulie Jallow, the secretary general of the GBA congratulated the four teams that made it to the finals. Jallow who reminded that last year's competition was held in a league and knockout format noted that this year the association decided to change the format to something more exciting and in line with the National Basketball Association, the governing body of the sport in the United States of America. He explained further the rationale behind this and how to go-by it which he noted all the participating teams agreed to before the beginning of the competitions. Jallow also encouraged the supporters of all the four teams to create a great ambience during the matches.
Coaches and captains of all four teams together with the first vice president of the association all made similar sentiments.

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