By Sulayman Bah
The 27-year-old wrestler arrived in the early hours of Friday morning via the Banjul terminal from his base in Baol. The wrestler, better referred to as Tack Ci Rip, is in the country to honour an invitation extended to him by Gambian wrestling promoter Lamin Champion Sound.
Combats were assembled with one of the flags named after the Senegalese ace featuring Abo Sarr and Boy-Balla. Tapha Tine bit the dust in his last combat against then reigning champion Balla Gaye II last year.
Modou Lo, another big name, was the last wrestler to visit Gambia three months ago.
Addressing a press conference Saturday afternoon twenty-four hours after touching down, he said, ‘ I am happy for the flag I am being named after and I’m also very delighted to be in this country’
On Gambia wrestling he continued: ‘the wrestling is doing great here. It only needs support to see it climb up. I urge the authorities to help develop the sport by lifting the sanctions imposed on it.’
Answering a question as to whether he will be opened to ideas of competing in the country, he stated: ‘why not I am willing to take on Balla Gaye II in the Gambia for a revenge match.’
He concludes, ‘My plan is to launch a Gambian-based fan club like Modou Lo and other Senegalese wrestlers have done’