Gambia wrestling squad touch down in Dakar for Ecowas tourney

By Alieu Ceesay, Senegal

The Gambia national wrestling team has finally arrived in the Senegalese Capital City of Dakar for the 7th edition of the Lekett Bu BarraEconomic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) traditional wrestling tournament that will officially open today (Friday) at the Stade Iba Mar Diop.

The Gambian team, which arrived early hours of Thursday morning, is accommodated at the Hotel Faidherbe in the heart of the buzzing City.

The Gambian delegation is headed by Alhaji Abdoulie Bojang, desk officer for wrestling at the National Sports Council; and Pa Suwareh Faye, deputy director of Planning responsible for sports.

The Gambian wrestling team comprised 5 wrestlers who will be competing in different categories during the 3-day tournament. They are Papa Sowe for 66kg, Rambo for 76kg, Leket Bu Barra for 86kg, Viper for 100kg, and Move up Shoulder for 120kg. They all passed the weighing test, which was supervised by the organizers on Thursday afternoon.

At the balloting, The Gambia falls in Group D together with Burkina Faso, Guinea Bissau and Togo in grouping category of the competition.

In the individual category, Gambia faces Burkina Faso for 66kg; Gambia versus Nigeria for 76kg, Gambia versus Ghana for 86kg, Gambia versus Togo for 100kg, and Gambia versus Niger for 120kg.

The wrestlers are in high spirit and ready to make the country proud in yet another wrestling competition, as this is not their first participation in ECOWAS wrestling tournament.

Meanwhile, some wrestling fans were said to be on their way to Dakar to give support to the team.