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.
GOUGH SPORTS FOUNDATION OPENS THE
SONNY ALADE JOINER MAJAI BASKETBALL/VOLLEYBALL COURTS
Wednesday 6th January 2010, the Gough Sports Foundation
again inaugurated the Sonny Alade Joiner
Basketball/Volleyball courts at the Father Gough Sports
Complex, in Manjai. The courts were opened by the minister
of Youth and Sports, Mr Sheriff Gomez. The courts cost D1.4
Million Dalasis to build. The ocassion was attended by the
director of Youth and Sports, the leaders of the Manjai
Community and family members of Sonny Alade Joiner. Mr
O'Reme Joiner, brother to Sonny Alade Joiner and former
Gambian International basketball player read following
statement from Sonny Alade Joiner :
"I will like to take this opportunity to thank God and the
Gough Foundation for giving me such an honour. May God
continue to bless the good work that they are doing for the
development of sports in the Gambia. My thanks and
appreciation also goes to the honourable Minister for
honoring this ocassion. For this honour i want to extend my
gratitude and remember some of the people who trained and
influenced my game and my subsequent coaching career in the
Gambia. A former Peace Corps Direvtor Richard Wanush was my
first basketball coach who gave me an idea of how to play
the fundamentals of the game.
My skills and moves were developed and guided by ba
Senegalese coach lioune Diop who helped me and the national
team develop and run plays that improved the performance of
the team that eventually resulted in the first Gold Medal
for Gambia male basketball team during the semaine National
held in Dakar in 1972. While in the United States i was
fortunate to have been coached and played for coach Dean
Sempart at Lewis and Clark College in Portland Oregon. He
further improved on both my approach to the game and how to
coach to be a winner. As a result i came home in 1976 to
play and coach the first Saints basketball team which went
undefeated for three consecutive years at both school and
national level basketball competitions. That period of
success would not have happened without the help and support
of Fr. Joseph Gough who was principal of Saint Augustine's
High School at the time. At this moment i want to remember
the guys who helped in making me a good player and shaping
my game, Saul Jarra, Saja Taal, Ousman Sabally, Donald Sock,
Ebrima Jobe (Mbat), Essa Gaye, Sengan Ndow, Modou Njie (Addidas),
Habibou Sillah (Nyankumo), Cherno Touray (Teacher), Felix
Gomez (Daddy), Felix Ceesay, Halifa (Bimateh), Rt. Rev.
Solomon Tilewa Johnson, Oreme Joiner and Dupeh joiner (Mario
Dupesco). I hope and pray that some day in the future a
basketball player will emerge from these courts who will
accomplish great things for the game in the Gambia and the
world over. Thank You and May God Bless you all, The Gough
Foundation and the Gambia, Sonny Alade Joiner"
Sonny was the first Gambian to play college basketball in
the United States. He also captained Gambia many times.
Father Gough during the ocassion stated that the Gough
Foundation plans to further develop the complex by putting a
training pitch, spectator areas, Gym and other sporting
facilities at the complex in the next few years to develop
the complex into the best multi-sporting complex in the
Gambia. A basketball match between Saint augustine;s vs
Gambia High School was heldto mark the 80th and 50th
Anniveraries of the schools. Saints won the match and the
Sonny Alde Joiner trophy and medals. Both Schools were
donated with basketballs.
FATHER GOUGH OFFICIALLY OPENS THE
REHABILITATED LATE MANNEH SILLAH MEMORIAL BASKETBALL LAWN
THE FATHER GOUGH SPORTS FOUNDATION
DISTRIBUTES GOALKEEPER GLOVES TO TEAMS
The Father Gough Foundation on Wednesday, 18th
November 2009, distributed about 150 goalkeeper gloves to
the teams from Manjai, Kotu, Bakoteh, Brusubi, Kololi,
Serrekunda East and West and Lamin.
The gloves are a gift from Lucas Sports in
the United States. Speaking at the Occasion, the Coordinator
of the Foundation, Bye Malleh Wadda expressed thanks to Dr
Alfred Lucas, proprietor of Lucas Sports who donated the
gloves. Mr Wadda said he was an adviser to Dr. Lucas and was
involved in the design of the gloves. He said he has been
working with Dr. Lucas for over 30 years. He also expressed
thanks to Mr. Tijan Ceesay for facilitating the shipment of
the gloves to The Gambia.
Furthermore, Mr. Wadda stated that he was a
Goalkeeper from his early days in football playing for
Mohamedan School and played his first International Match as
a Goalkeeper for Real de Banjul in Bamako at the age of 15.
He further stated that he had played Goalkeeper up to the
Senior National team in 1977 without ever wearing a
goalkeeper gloves. Only goalkeepers in Europe were seen
wearing gloves in those days. Nowadays, it would be odd to
see a goalkeeper not wearing gloves. As such, it is timely
and appropriate for the Gough Foundation to secure such a
gift and to distribute it to teams in The Gambia. The gloves
are called Black Spider. It has a webbing between the
fingers for better grip.
Mr Wadda further stated that, some of the
gloves would be presented to the National Sports Council for
further distribution to all regions of the Gambia, to help
with development of Goalkeepers. The ceremony was attended
by the Manjai Sports Committee, players and coaches from the
teams being presented with the gloves.
GOUGH FOUNDATION EMBARKS ON UPLIFTING BASKETBALL
IN THE GAMBIA
The Gough Foundation plans to
rehabilitate the Manneh Sillah Basketball Courts in Banjul.
The foundation has secured modern basketball posts for the
courts, plans to rehabilitate the lighting system,
rehabilitate the playing surface, rehabilitate dressing
rooms/toilets and put up a modern scoreboard. This is being
done in collaboration with the mayor of Banjul and the
Gambia basketball association. This is in our drive to
revitalise basketball in the Banjul area.
In a similar vein, the foundation with establish a
basketball/volleyball court at the father gough sports
complex in manjai kunda similar to what would be at the
Manneh Sillah courts in Banjul. This we hope would give
children within the manjai/Kotu/Bakoteh/Kololi area an
opportunity to develop their basketball skills and establish
a league within these areas.
The gough foundation solicit your support and donations
towards this venture. The project should be completed by end
GOUGH FOUNDATION TO SET UP FATHER MURRAY
SCHOLARSHIP FUND AT SAINT AUGUSTINE'S HIGH SCHOOL
The gough foundation is to establish a scholarship fund at
saint Augustine's high school in Banjul in the name of
Father Murray. Father Murray passed away last week. He had
taught chemistry at saint Augustine's high school in the 70s
and 80s. Father murray has been a friend and supporter of
the gough foundation. May his soul rest in peace.
Donations are welcomed
towards the fund
GOUGH FOUNDATION ADDS THE HEALTH SECTOR TO IT'S
The gough foundation during it's launching in Atlanta, USA,
has collaborated with the Gambia Christian council in the
united states of America to ship medical equipment and
supplies to the Gambia. During the visit of Father Gough and
Bye Malleh Wadda to Atlanta during the sang Marie
celebrations, a visit was made to Med share, a non-profit
medical equipment supplier that send surplus medical
equipment and supplies to third world countries. This would
be the first shipment to the Gambia.
The gough foundation has
already donated to the Gambia Christian council, USA chapter
and plans to assist the council to ship a 40 foot container
of medical equipment and supplies to the Gambia.
The health of a nation is
important in it's development and we plan to add our
contribution to that effect.
Donations are welcomed from
supporters and sponsors of the gough foundation.
Please visit our
sponsors page on how to donate.
Father Gough Gets Prestigious Award (courtesy of Gamsports.com)
Tuesday, 18 August 2009 http://gamsports.com/fr.gough-gets-prestigous-award.html
As Saints Alumni is launched in US|
By Lamin Cham
Joseph Gough, the Irish priest who is credited with the most succesful
education and sports development initiatives in The Gambia, has
recently been visiting the USA where he presided over several importantceremonies and meetings touching on projects established as part of his great legacy.
The main highlight
of the trip was the formal inauguration of the Saint Augustine’s
High School Alumni and the Gough Foundation, which took place on August
14 in Geogia Atlanta State.
launching provided a unique and touching reunion of the teacher and his
disciples who are some of the Gambia's best known sports men and
scholars running his Foundation. They included Sunni A. Joiner, Mr. Bye
Malleh Wadda, Mr. Lamin Faati, Mr. Yankuba Mamburay, Tijan Massaneh
Ceesay and Mr. Albert Valentine among others.
The event was
opened with prayers by Imam Bye Ibrahim Secka and Father Joseph A.
Gough followed by remarks by the Master of Ceremonies of the
program, Sunni Joiner. In his remarks, Joiner, one of the best
Gambian basketball players, ever, and the first Gambian to play college
basketball in the US, praised the initiative to bring together
ex-students, current students, teachers and the Gough
Foundation.Yankuba Mamburay, also a former student and teacher at Saint
Augustine’s High School, praised Father Gough for the foundation
he laid at SAHS.
He presented his book, “The
Search for a Lost Brother,” to Father Gough as a token of
appreciation for the service he rendered to SAHS and the entire Gambian
nation. On his part Mr. Albert Valentine posited that he was a
badge of 1977, one reason why he was flabbergasted by the school song
that we sang at the occasion – he did not know about the song
because when he was there Saints had no school song. He said he went to
SAHS in 1972 and graduated in 1977. “I express my sincere
gratitude to Father Gough and SAHS for helping us become men.
next speaker at the occasion was Mr. Bye Malleh Wadda, a renowned
Gambian Sportsman. He came from The Gambia to attend the occasion in
his capacity as the coordinator of the Gough Foundation. Mr. Wadda
discussed the various development projects the Gough Foundation has
embarked on since when it was established some three years ago.The
votes of thanks was given by Tijan Massaneh Ceesay. He said the
following: "Fr Joseph Gough has been my mentor, my friend and my
adopted Father if you will. Like me , He has been instrumental to many
a lives and indeed The Gambia and its people are grateful. It is
against the backdrop of the many great things He has done for our
country and its people that we the Alumni have come together to
compliment his efforts." The Father was presented with a prestigious
award called the Momodou Baboucarr Njie award, in honour of his
excellent service to the nation.
GAMBIA NATIONAL CHRISTIAN COUNCIL PRESS RELEASE
JOSEPH A GOUGH CSSP TO RECEIVE THE GAMBIA NATIONAL CHRISTIAN COUNCIL,
ALHAGI MOMODOU BABOUCARR NJIE ,GCRG ,LIFE TIME ACHIEVEMENT AWARD FOR
HIS GREAT CONTRIBUTION TO GAMBIAN EDUCATION, GAMBIAN SPORTS AND FOR HIS
PERSONAL CONTRIBUTION TO THE LIVES OF MANY YOUNG PEOPLE AND FOR HIS
SUPPORT FOR THE HANDICAPPED IN THE GAMBIA.
Most Revrend Fr Joseph Anthony Gough will be the receipient of the
Alhagi Momodou Baboucarr Njie , GCRG, Life time Achievement and
Excellence Award for 2009. This is the first time ever that The Gambia
National Christian Council in the United States is giving out this
award and indeed after thorough consultation and examination of the
merits, there is no better candidate to receive the award at this time.
The award is named for a great Statesman in Alhagi Momodou Baboucarr
Njie who passed recently. Like Fr Gough, he was a philantropist in his
own right and has also educated many future leaders of our country.
Alhagi Momodou Baboucarr Njie also is the epitomy and barometer of
religious tolerance having served for well over two decades as Chief
Patron and a full fledged member of the Baati Linguere Choral Group. It
is because of these and many other unmentioned reasons why we have have
named the award for his memory. Fittingly, Alhagi Momodou Baboucarr
Njie was also a staunch supporter of the receipient during his days as
Principal of St Augustine's High School.
Onbehalf of the President of The Gambia National Christian Council in the United States and the Chair of
The Gambia National Christian Council in The Gambia, The Most Revrend Bishop Solomon Tilewa Johson,
who serves in an advisory capacity to the GNCC, we wish to congratulate Fr Joseph A Gough for a well
We encourage all past students to come to Sang Marie in Atlanta from August 14th to 16th for a reunion
with this great man.
Gambia National Christian Council,
USA CHAPTER – ATLANTA BRANCH
SAINTS ALUMNI IN ATLANTA, GEORGIA PREPARES FOR
FR. JOSEPH A. GOUGH
friends of The Gambia and the Saints Ex-pupils residing in Metro
Atlanta area are in full gear for the visit of Fr. Joseph A. Gough,
Ambassador at-large for The Republic of The Gambia. A status conferred
upon him by The Gambian President, Yahya Jammeh in recognition of the
great work he did in The Gambia.
a teacher and later Principal of this renowned and famed institution
(Saint Augustine’s High School), Fr. Gough contributed immensely
in the education of many prominent Gambians who today are recognized in
many important positions worldwide. Known for his philanthropy, Fr.
Gough also undoubtedly contributed to the advancement of sports and
education in The Gambia and personally sponsored the continued
education of some of his students.
a continued engagement for his contribution to such efforts in The
Gambia, Fr. Recently concluded phase one of the Fr. Gough Sports
Complex located in Manji Kunda, in The Gambia. He is currently embarked
on building two Basket Ball courts in Manji Kunda and Banjul
respectively. He also pioneered the development of coaching techniques
in The Gambia in areas of game plan, individual skills of athletes and
sports management in general.
his stay in The Gambia, Fr. Gough served in every Sports Association
and established the International Student Exchange Programs with the
Republic of Senegal for which the later conferred upon him the title of
Pioneer of Senegambian Schools Exchange. Father who currently teaches
at Ireland’s Premier School, Blackrock College will for the first
time in over two decades, come to meet with some of his former students
and those who did not have the opportunity to meet him before but
happen to earn their education from the same institution.
his Atlanta visit, Fr. Gough will attend the Friday Muslim congregation
prayer at Masjid Taqwa in Greenbrier. For him attending the Muslim
prayer is an indication of Catholic Church’s respect for Islam
and a validation of the co-existence of the two religions especially in
The Gambia. Fr. Gough is welcomed to be in attendance as the Imam of
The Gambian community in Atlanta and the head Imam of the said mosque,
Imam Bye- Ibrahim Secka is also an ex-student of his. This is scheduled
to take place on Friday, August 14, 2009.
very evening, the Atlanta Chapter of the SAHS Alumni is probed to hold
a symposium with Fr. Gough from 6pm through 10pm at the Hilton Garden
Inn Hotel, Atlanta Airport/ Millennium Center located on 2301 Sullivan
Road, College Park, GA 30337. During this time, Father will have the
opportunity to meet the entire SAHS Alumni, their friends and families.
Some other surprising guests will be in attendance, be them ex-pupils
or teachers. The Atlanta Chapter will also be conduction a formal
registration of SAHS Ex-pupils to kick start the SAHS Alumni in
diasporas that is been long talked about. Contributions to that entity
will be expected during the event. Fr. Gough will also do a radio
interview on African Experience Worldwide, visit the Martin Luther King
Center and try to honor as much invitations as possible.
Saturday August 15th, 2009 Fr. Gough will receive The Gambia National
Christian Council’s lifetime Achievement Award in recognition of
his great contribution to Gambian Education and Sports. Fr. Gough will
also be a concelebrant at the Mass commemorating the Assumption of the
Blessed Virgin, an annual celebration for Christians in Diaspora which
will also be the highlight of his visit. In addition to his already
busy schedule, Fr. Gough is expected to visit the Headquarters of Med
Share International, an Atlanta International Organization that assist
third world countries with state of the art medical equipments. His
visit is to support, as Gambian Ambassador-at-large, an approved
request made for a consignment of medical equipments for The Gambia
that was made possible through the President of The Gambia National
Christian Council in the United States, Mr. Sunny Alade Joiner and his
was also a recipient of the National Order of The Republic of The
Gambia (ORG) in 2005. His Atlanta visit according to one former student
will be “one emotional moment that will bring back many memories
that binds us with this great man……. There is no person
like Gough, he is our father. This man made us men.”
SAHS ALUMNI USA
Class of 79/80
Visiting St. Mary's priest earns national honors for his missionary work
Published: Monday, July 27, 2009
FALLS - Each summer, members of St. Mary's Parish delight at the return
of Father Joseph Gough. The quick-witted pastor, educator, missionary
and noted sportsman - complete with his thick Irish accent - keeps Mass
light-hearted yet meaningful.
honors have been bestowed on Gough in recent years; however, not for
his work done here in Glens Falls, nor in his homeland of Ireland; but
rather in The Republic of Gambia, West Africa -- the fourth smallest
country in the world.
Gough's missionary work in The Gambia began in 1972, where he was
director of St. Michael's Junior Seminary in Banjul, the capital of The
Gambia. As a member of the Congregation of the Holy Spirit, his job was
to promote vocations to the priesthood in a country predominantly
Muslim. Gough said that three of the country's seven tribes lean toward
Christianity, yet only 3 percent of The Gambia's population of 1.7
million is Catholic.
"There are very good relations between Christians and Muslims in The
Gambia. The last president and current president were educated at
Catholic schools - it is proof that Christians and Muslims can
coexist," Gough said.
Irish missionaries have a close relationship with Gambia as they are the only Catholic missionaries in the country.
"We are also known as The Spiritans; The Spiritans are the only ones in
The Gambia - we are responsible for that country," Gough said.
While teaching at the seminary, Gough also taught English and religious
studies at St. Augustine's High School, a Catholic mission school in
As time passed, Gough
earned the love and respect of the local population and, in 1978, Gough
assumed the position of principal of St. Augustine's High School.
During his six years as principal, Gough said St. Augustine's became
the dominant high school in Gambia, both academically and athletically.
"It was regarded as the best school academically and in various sports.
I was instrumental in bringing it to that level - I worked very hard
there," Gough said.
A sports fan -- soccer in particular -- Gough reached out to his parish
in Ireland, calling for donations of lightly used equipment and
eventually formed a number of sports teams at St. Augustine's High
School, including soccer, volleyball and basketball teams. He also
helped develop the country's elite soccer teams by taking students
under his wing and developing them into soccer players. He managed
three of the country's top eight teams.
to his dismay, Gough was called away from The Gambia in 1983 after
suffering a loss in his family. He returned to Ireland and a year later
resumed his education at Fordham University, in New York, where he
earned his masters degree in religious education.
Since 1985, Gough has been splitting time between Ireland, where he
teaches English and religious studies at Blackrock College in Dublin;
Glens Falls, where he is a visiting priest in June, July and August;
and The Gambia, where he continues to play a major role in organizing
the country's top division soccer teams.
Many of Gough's former students have assumed prominent positions in
government both in Gambia and in the U.S., and have ensured that Gough
be properly recognized for his influence on their home country.
2004, Gough was awarded the National Order of The Gambia by the
country's president, Jammeh. In January, he was made an honorary
citizen of the Republic of The Gambia by President Jammeh and, at the
same ceremony, he was given the title of "Goodwill Ambassador of The
Gambia" and given a diplomatic passport.
During the same visit, he was named honorary citizen of Banjul by its major.
"I am somewhat of a folk hero there," Gough joked.
Seven of Gough's former students of St. Michael's Junior Seminary have
gone on to become priests and many of the student's lives he touched at
St. Augustine's High School won't forget his name.
In August, at a ceremony to be held in Atlanta, a group of about 150 of
Gough's former students from St. Augustine's living in the U.S. along
with the governing body of The Gambia National Christian Council will
honor Gough with a Lifetime Achievement award for his far-reaching
impact on faith, education and sports in Gambia.
remains household name in Africa and his imprint on The Gambia
everlasting. His name presides on a brand new sports complex just
outside of Banjul, in Manjai, Gamiba. The creation of the complex was
spearheaded by his former students, who also formed the Gough
Foundation in his name.
Gough donates $5,000 to the Catholic Bishop in Gambia, which helps
educate priests there. A portion of the donation also goes to the Gough
Foundation. Gough said the donation is made possible thanks to the
people of St. Mary's parish, who donate to Gough's work in The Gambia.
"I want the people of Glens Falls to know that my honors were made
possible by their donations, and I am very appreciative of the people
of Glens Falls and St. Mary's parish and school," Gough said, noting
that a fundraiser organized by SMSA principal Kate Fowler and teacher
Mary Gregorio raised $1,000 that was used to educate 21 children from
The Gambia that couldn't otherwise afford an education.
At the end of August, after his annual going away party organized by
Barbara Nichols, Gough will return to Ireland and resume his teaching
at Blackrock College, only to return to Glens Falls next June. Anyone
who wishes to donate to the Gough Foundation should visit
7th January 2009
(click on photo to enlarge)
The President on Wednesday 7th January received Father Gough
at State House. He Appointed him Ambassador At Large for
Gambia Sports with full diplomatic status. He also pledged
D100,000.00 to the Gough Foundation.
Results of Football Tournament
Held on 3rd and 4th January 2009
Eight a side
football match, Under 12s Match between Family and
Friends team vs Gough Academy results tied 3-3. Family &
Friends won 3-2 penalty shoot-out. Team given Alkali's
trophy and medals.
Gough Academy won
under 15 six a side football vs Balajo Academy. Gough
Academy won 3-2 penalties. Team given trophy and medals.
won the under 17 tournament beating Loek Holland Academy
2-0. Team given trophy and medals.
Veterans team won the veterans match vs Manjai Veterans
2-1. Team won Bye Malleh Wadda trophy and medals.
of the Father Gough Sports Complex
(click on photo to
To be held on 4th
January 2009. Fr Gough is due in Banjul from 28th
December to 7th January 09 and he will do the official
opening of the first phase of the sports complex together
with the Mayor of KMC and Mayor Banjul.
Bai Malleh Wadda Trophy
comprising of veterans from the GFA League to be played at
the Fr Gough Sports complex on the 3rd and 4th January 2009.
This will be a 6 a side football tournament.
Tournament of Academies ( Under-17)
To be played on the 3rd and 4th January at the Fr Gough
sports complex. The tournament will be 6 a side football
Winners of both tournaments will be awarded with trophies
|Bai Malleh Interviewed by Gamsportsonline