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Tuesday, November 2, 2010

“Bomm”: A Role Model in Gambia’s Women Football

Abdoulie Nget
When you talk of women Football nowadays minds go directly to players like Marta of Brazil, Abby Wambach of USA, Ragnhild Gulbransen of Norway, Faye White, Prinz Birgit and others, but here in the Gambia, it is  Mariama Sowe alias “Bomm”.
Bomm is a Gambia female coach who plays for her nation as well as served as a coach which led to her name flow in the Gambia women football arena, she is recommended by both the media and the general public due to her tireless effort towards promoting Gambia’s women Football. She has been an athletic/player representing school and region and through sports she was employed as a prison officer.
She was later snatched by immigration and promoted from Sergeant to Inspector where she captained the Interior women’s football team for 12 years,
She was part of the first national female team set up in 1999 and started her coaching career in 2003.
In her quest for the development of Women Football in the Gambia, she traveled to South America and to Hungary for her Diploma in coaching. She also represented her country in various training courses in countries like, Sweden, South Africa, Nigeria, Mauritania and Mali.
She was awarded the best female coach by the Gambia sports writers in 2007 and 2009. She is now the assistance coach of the Gambia’s women national team, with her coaching both Immigration and Interior Women football club which is the leading club in the Gambia’s women’s ties.
This woman worth to be a role model to all Gambian young girls who are aspiring to become footballers and represent their country in the future.

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