The 9th All Africa games, which are currently underway in Algiers, Algeria, started on Wednesday 12th July 2007 with a spectacular display of African culture at the Olympic stadium of Algeria.
The opening ceremony which was attended by the Algerian president Abdul Aziz Boutaflika was characterised by a wonderful display of fire-works and state of the earth laser light exhibition.
The Gambian team which comprises of athletics, karate and Taekwondo, has since been camped at the COJA Games Village in the heart of Algiers.
The Gambian contingent starts the competition from Monday 16th July with Marshall Art activities, Karate and Taekwondo preliminaries. Athletics competitors will start their preliminaries on Wednesday 18th July at the Olympic stadium in Algiers. The Gambia athletics team is powered by Modou Njie and Suwaibou Sanneh as sprinters competing for the 100 m events whilst Omar Ceesay and Abdoulie Assin will beef up the team for the 4/100m relay.
Modou Njie and suwaibou will also represent the Gambia at the 200m starting point whilst Ismaila Manga and Momodou Lamin Kujabi will go for the 400m.
In the 4/400m relay, Bakary Jabbi who joins the team from Kenya is expected to use his experience together with the Manchester 2002 commonwealth games representative Ebrima Ceesay to add the competing spirit of Ismaila Manga and Momodou Lamin Kujabi to defend the Gambian pride.
Ebrima Ceesay and Bakary Jabbi will also go for the 800 m races.
The famous Ansu Sowe who is coming from Kenya will compete for the 1500 m whilst Fatou Tiyana represents the Gambia in long jump.
In Soto can karate Pateh Jobe of the black eagle club will fight for the Gambia. The European based Gibril Jatta who was the taekwondo silver medallist of the 2003 Abuja games is confident to clinch the title this time as he was injured during the final of the Abuja Games.
Another European based taekwondo star Ismaila Jobarteh is also poised to increase the Gambia’s pride in this event as both of them are in Algiers with their European coach who flew in three days ago.
The athletics team is under the supervision of head coach Abdoulie Bamba Njie and his assistant Sulayman Jobe.
The president of the Gambia karate association Alh. Musa a Coker is also in Algiers to attend the UFAK extra ordinary meeting, the continental body and hold other developmental meetings for the Gambia chapter.
The entourage is under the chief of mission Donald Sock, Executive Secretary of the national sports council.