Activities

 

OPENING OF BIRI BIRI FOOTBALL PITCH AND SAIHOU SARR STAND

 

The Father Gough sports foundation on Sunday 9th January, 2011 inaugurated and opened an artificial football pitch named after Gambian Greatest Footballer Ever, Alhagi Modou Biri Biri Njie. The occasion was marked by having three matches played. The family and friends team versus the Father Gough academy under 12, match won by family/friends team after penalty shoot out.  Gambia High School versus St Augustine's High School, match won by Saint Augustine's High School 2-1 and final on the under 15 academy tournament between Father Academy and Baggio Academy match won by Father Gough Academy 2-1. All teams were presented with Jerseys, Footballs, Medals and Trophies.

 

The occasion was well attended by sporting personality and politicians and was graced by the reverend Father Joseph Gough. After the matches and speeches a plaque was unveiled naming the pitch after biri Biri. Biri gavean emotional pitch expressing is gratitude and pleasure to the father gough sports foundation and Father Gough in particular for this great gesture. He dedicated the pitch to his colleague and friends who helped on the way throughout his career. He narrated how he has played on thorny fields and mud pitches in his days and how the present generation should be grateful and treasure the facilities being provided for them. He thank the president, the people of the Gambia and all the people gathered at the occasion.

 

After the unveiling of the pitch, Gambian National Team captain and late coach, the first Gambian with a eufa coaching license, unveiled a plaque naming a stand at the Father Gough sports complex after him. Saihou Sarr is the first and only Gambian to both Captain the national team and also coached it. He was the first manager of the independence stadium. Saihoulike Biri is a legend in Gambian football.

 

Mr Bye Malleh Wadda, coordinator of the Gough sports foundation, who is alegend in his own rights, organised and supervised the whole event, which was a huge success. Mr Wadda after said that these are our heroes and we should never forget what they have done for this country and we should continue to honour and cherish their accomplishments. He expressed his delight and previledge to have witnessed this day and contribute towards making it a success.