FATHER GOUGH SPORTS FOUNDATION ANNUAL AWARDS DINNERBye Malleh Wadda Hall of Fame Award
The Father Gough Sports Foundation on Wednesday, 12th January 2011, held its annual Awards Dinner at the Wave Crest Hotel in Kotu. The Foundation has since its inception 3 years ago, been honouring prominent Gambians who have contributed to Education/Youth/Sport development in The Gambia.
This year, the Foundation honour list highlights the greatest of Gambian heroes. The list includes:
The Former President Alhagi Sir Dawda K. Jawara
Mrs Elizabeth Renner, Former Speaker and first female Principal of St Augustine’s High School.
Late Mr. Sam Njie, Former and first Gambian Principal of St Augustine’s High School
Mr Ousman Sabally former vice principal of St Augustine’s High School
Alhagi Modou Njie Biri, Gambia’s greatest Footballer ever.
Mr Saihou Sarr, Captain and coach of the Gambia National team, first Gambian with EUFA licence
Mr. Mambury Njie, Minister of Economic Planning
Mr Alhagi Ceesay, Chief of Protocol
Mr Habib Jeng, Member Gough Foundation
Mr Bye Malleh Wadda, Coordinator Gough Foundation
Sir Dawda K. Jawara was awarded the Life Time achievement award and presented with a plaque and a trophy. Sir Dawda, was the first President of The Gambia and worked diligently towards establishing a Nation of about half a million, one of the smallest in the world at the time. We as Gambians are grateful to Sir Dawda for what we are today. He presented his trophy to the vice principal of St Augustine’s High school to be awards to the best student at the school every year in his name. Sir Dawda many a time attended prize given day at St Augustine’s High School when he was President.
Mrs Elizabeth Renner was awarded for her work in Education, being the first female principal of St Augustine’s High School and her work in Women empowerment.
The late Mr. Sam Njie was honoured for his work in education. He was the first Gambian principal of St Augustine’s High School.
Mr Ousman Sabally was honoured for his work in education and physical exercise. Ousman was the first captain of the Gambia National Basketball Team. He was vice principal of St Augustine’s High School and physical education teacher, coaching many school and league teams to championships.
Alhagi Modou Njie Biri Biri was honoured for his work in youth and sports development. Biri is the greatest Gambian Footballer and the first Gambian Professional player to play in a Major European league team (sevilla). Biri was also Physical Education teacher at Gambia High School. Biri has been a coach to different teams and is still involved with the National Team.
Mr Saihou Sarr was honoured for his work in youth and sports. Saihou was the first captain of the Gambia National Team to also Coach the National Team. Saihou was the first Gambian with a EUFA coach license. He was the first manager of the National Stadium.
The Foundation award to Father Gough an album of his residence in the Gambia, donated to the Foundation by His Excellency Sheikh Professor Doctor Alhagi Yaya A J J Jammeh, President of the Republic of the Gambia. Mrs Renner also, Presented a pen to Father Gough depicting how Father Gough has helped in developing Education/Youth and Sports in the Gambia.
Other people that the foundation wish to honour that were not present are:
His Excellency Sheikh Professor Doctor Alhagi Yaya A J J JAmmeh President of the Republic of the Gambia for his great leadership and work in developing the Gambia with MAN OF THE YEAR AWARD and for his support and generous gifts and donations to the Father Gough and the Foundation.
Bishop Michael Cleary, retired Bishop of the Catholic Church in The Gambia for his work in Education and Religious matters in The Gambia.
Late Father Michael Flynn for his works in Education and Religious matters in The Gambia.
Late Father Comma for his works in Education and Religious matters in The Gambia. Father Comma was the first Principal of St Peter’s High School in Lamin.
Father Murphy for his works in Education and Religious matters in the Gambia. Father Murphy has worked at St Augustine’s High School for over 40 years.
The father Gough Sports Foundation is grateful and thankful to everyone who helps in its efforts to develop and promote education, youth and sports in The Gambia. God Bless to all who continue to work tirelessly to the ideals of the Foundation. The Board of Trustees and Father Gough in particularly is forever grateful. We also thank the owner, management and staff of the Wave Crest Hotel in Kotu for their hospitality.
Mr Mambury Njie, Minister of Economic Planning was honoured for his work with the Father Gough Sports Foundation and his dedication to Financial and Economic development of the Gambia. He worked as Secretary General and Head of the Civil Service and other very important positions on both our two Republics.
Mr Alhagi Ceesay, Chief of Protocol was honoured for his work in promoting the Father Gough Sports Foundation and is overall work as an able Public Servant.
Mr Habib Jeng was honoured for the tremendous work and services he continues to give to the Father Gough Sports Foundation. Habib has a Masters in Engineering and has been supervising and contributing towards all the works carried by the Foundation.
Mr Bye Malleh Wadda, Coordinator of the Father Gough Sports Foundation was honoured for his work in coordinating and leading the Foundation effectively and efficiently. Bye Malleh was a great athlete and has a EUFA coaching License in Football. He has been the mastermind behind the Foundation and was the one that started the Foundation to rekindle the works of Father Joseph Gough in the Gambia and keep his legacy in the Gambia going.
Bye Malleh Wadda Hall of Fame Award
Father Joseph A.Gough Foundation Mohammed Masanneh Ceesay Hall of Fame Award
presented to Bye Malleh Wadda in recognition of his lifetime of unmatched contribution to Gambian Sports.
He represented his country with honour and distinction in six sports : Football, Basketball, Athletics, Rugby, Volleyball and Tennis. He is the greatest sportsman in the history of the Gambia. Given in January 2009 in The Republic of The Gambia.
By Father Joseph A. Gough CSSp.
Father Joseph Gough, Bye Malleh Wadda, Robert Barsamian (USA), Amadou Wadda (Tums), Batchi Baldeh, Mambury Njie, Alieu Secka, Habib Jeng, O'reme Joiner,Ismaela Camara (carpenter), Alagi Baboucar Jarjue (Mason), Mathar Njie (Groundsman), Baboucarr (Painter), Dawda (welder),Tamba (Plumber) Demba Badgie (Electrician), Watchmen and tilemen.