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THE MINISTRY RECEIVES PETITION TO RENAME THE INDEPENDENCE STADIUM TO "BIRI BIRI STADIUM"

A group of concern Gambians on Monday presented a dossier containing a petition signed by thousands of Gambians calling for the renaming of the Independence Stadium in Bakau – "Biri Biri Stadium".
The submission of the petition was handed over to the Minister of Youth and Sports Hon. Bakary Y. Badjie in a presentation ceremony held in his office in Banjul. 

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The delegation led by Musa Sise, President of the Sports Journalists Association of the Gambia (SJAG) who double as the spokesperson of the group urged the Minister of Youth and Sports to plea with the government through his Ministry for the Stadium to be renamed to Alhagie Momodou Njie. This move he said if approved will reflect the Gambia legendary footballer’s immense contribution and sacrifice for Gambia Football in particular and sports in General.

He recalled that the petition to rename the stadium after Biri Biri started in 2011 with signatories collected from the diaspora including USA, England, Sweden and Norway.  Mr.Sise noted that due to unavoidable circumstances, the petition drive could not be completed until June 2020. 

Honourable Bakary Y. Badjie, Minister of Youth and Sports expressed delight and appreciation of the efforts by independent Gambians proposing such efforts to recognise Biri Biri with the renaming of our national structure He said "it’s unfortunate that we don’t have much structures in our sector named after our legend compare to other countries".
"Gambians are so much interested to see a structure, especially the Independence Stadium renamed after the late Alagie Momodou Biri Biri Njie", the greatest athletics Gambia ever produced.
Dodou Faal a member representative of the late Alhagie Momodou Biri Biri Njie spoke at length how grateful the family will feel if this request is granted.
Suutee M. Jawo, Deputy Permanent Secretary Technical at the Ministry presided over the ceremony.
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