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Momodou Posted - 07 Jan 2016 : 19:19:05
Referee Bakary Papa Gassama Named “Person Of The Year 2015”

Foroyaa: January 7, 2016

The Gambian international football referee, Mr. Bakary Papa Gassama, has been designated “Person Of The Year 2015” by the Papa Bakary Gassama 1Gambia News & Report weekly Magazine.

In a letter conveying the news of the award to Mr.Gassama, Mr. Swaebou Conateh, proprietor of the Dippakunda-based Gambia Communication Agency and Baroueli Enterprises, the publishers of the News & Report Magazine, stated that the Gambian iconic referee’s selection by the management of the paper was because they are satisfied that “you have met the criteria for the award” in view of “the exemplary strides you continue to make as a referee” resulting to your appearance at the World Cup tournament and, in 2015, at Equatorial Guinea CAF tournament, and because of other recognitions you have received, and continued to receive internationally, through your selection as a FIFA referee; you have officiated at the 2012 Olympics Football tournament in London; FIFA World Cup 2014; and you also successfully officiated the African Cup of Nations final between Ghana and Ivory Coast in 2015”.

In view of the fact that:
1.Your participation at both the World Cup and African Cup tournaments had earned you much respect and admiration not only in the Gambia but also world at large, and has raised The Gambia’s flag high during these international assignments.
2.Your case illustrates possibilities for our individual citizens, particularly the young people, who care enough about our country’s standing in today’s world, and about the development of its sports.

By such examples, you have earned for yourself a name and an indelible place in not only our country’s history- as first Gambian referee to officiate at such an international level; that you also officiated games in the Qatari domestic football league. You also bagged the CAF best African referee award.

“Since we also believe that your story will continue to inspire many Gambians and Africans in sports and other fields, we take this opportunity to salute you for what you have been able to achieve in the annals of our country’s history. We know your sacrifice, steadfastness and highly commendable contribution are bound to remain a source of inspiration and exemplary conduct to our citizens for now and generations unborn.

The criteria for selecting “Person of the Year” (previously Man of the Year or Gambian of the Year”) is based on the following considerations:

1). The person selected must be someone who, through his/her work, profession or personal endeavour, is judged to have contributed the most to the public welfare and to advancing the country’s development in the interest of all Gambians.

2). He or she must have contributed significantly in enhancing in a direct and tangible form, the social and economic status of Gambians as a whole.

3). He or she would have put in place for posterity facilities and or infrastructures and other achievements that can serve as a lasting memorial of his/her contributions to national development.
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Momodou Posted - 11 Jan 2016 : 15:14:55

Papa Gassama named African ‘Referee of the Year’

The Point: Monday, January 11, 2016

(Friday, 8 January 2016 Issue)

The Gambian international referee, Papa Bakary Gassama, has been awarded Referee of the Year 2015 by the Confederation of African Football (CAF), for the second time in a row.
He was awarded the latest prize yesterday at CAF award gala night held at the International Conference Centre in Abuja, Nigeria.

Gassama defeated Eric Arnaud Otogo Castene of Gabon, Ghead Zaglol Grisha of Egypt, Zambia’s Janny Sikazwe and Alioum Neant of Cameroon to win the prestigious award.

This is the second time he was been winning the continental award; he won the 2014 Referee of the Year Award.He has been nominated for the award three times in a row.

Gassama, who finished second in the 2013 edition, participated in his fourth consecutive African Cup of Nations finals in 2015.

He refereed his third consecutive African Champions League final this year. He also has a huge amount of experience as a referee in his home country and on the international stage.

(Friday, 8 January 2016 Issue)

Gassama made history last year when he officiated two games in the Qatari domestic football league, the first non-Asian referee to do so. All of this came about following a Memorandum of Understanding with the Qatari Football Federation and Fifa in terms of refereeing assistance.

The Memorandum of Understanding allows for Africa to assign its top referees and assistants to officiate some of the toughest and fiercely contested games in the Qatari Super League.

As part of the implementation stage of the agreement, Gassama, who was voted as one of the seven best referees by Fifa’s Referees Committee at last summer’s World Cup in Brazil, became the first African to be appointed for the assignment.He also officiated at the 2013 Club World Cup in Morocco.

Meanwhile, the other 2015 awardees include Gabon striker Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang who was crowned CAF African Player of the Year for the first time.

The 26-year old beat Ivorian Yaya Toure and Ghana’s Andre Ayew to be crowned the most prestigious individual award in African football. He polled 143 points, seven more than Toure while Ayew finished a distant third with 112 points.Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang thus becomes the first from his country, Gabon, to win the prize.

The feat by Aubameyang ended the four-year reign of Toure, which lasted 2011 to 2014.

For the African Player of the Year – Based in Africa, Tanzanian Mbwana Aly Samatta was decorated, becoming the first from East Africa to win the coveted prize, reserved for footballers plying their trade on the continent.

Samatta garnered 127 points, ahead of his TP Mazembe teammate and DR Congo goalkeeper Robert Muteba Kidiaba, who amassed 88 points. Algerian Baghdad Bounedjah trailed in third place with 63 points.

Cameroonian Gaelle Enganamouit was adjudged Women’s Player of the Year becoming the first from her country to pick up the prize.

It was double delight for hosts Nigeria with two prizes, Victor Osimhen – Youth Player of the Year and Etebo Peter Oghenekaro – Most Promising Talent of the Year.

For guiding Cote d’Ivoire to continental glory, former coach Herve Renard was named Coach of the Year and ‘Les Elephants’ as National Team of the Year.

Cameroon scooped the Women’s National Team of the Year prize and DR Congo giants, TP Mazembe, Club of the Year, whilst Gambian Papa Bakary Gassama went home with the Referee of the Year award.

Former Ghana coach Charles Kumi Gyamfi and Cameroonian Samuel Mbappe Leppe were honoured posthumously in the African Legend category.

The event, sponsored by Nigerian telecommunication outfit, Globacom, was a night to celebrate and reward sporting excellence, also showcased superb and first-class entertainment from outstanding entertainers across different parts of Africa.

There were musical performances by Shatta Wale (Ghana), Ahmed Soultan (Morocco), Salif Keita (Mali), Awilo Longomba (DR Congo) and Nigerians King Sunny Ade, Dija, Korede Bello, Flavour, Omawumi, Bez and Ego.

The crème de la crème of football administrators around the continent were in attendance.


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