“the State Of Gambian Women’s Football Hasn't Change” One Of The Gambia's Greatest Female Footballers Adama Tamba
By Buba Jallow Fallaboweh
One of the Gambia's greatest female footballers Adama Tamba , has said that the state of Gambian women football hasn’t change much and is not improving as expected. “The day that people will watch Tv and see a Gambian woman playing football, I think that will be huge boast. The federation must boast the morals and at least send three players abroad for training for both the U-17 and the national team categories,” she remarked.
A women's final in Yaounde last year brought 40,000 spectators as Cameroon took on Nigeria in women's African Cup of Nation’s final. The African continent cannot boast the number of export when it comes to male players compared to women players. The female leagues are poor and do not have a lot of exposure and publicity.
At the ICE football ground we catch up with one of the Gambia's greatest female footballers Adama Tamba who idolize Cari Lloyd and have 50 goals in 11 matches this season bringing her tally to 111 league goals and six goals for the national team.
She said that the Second division is not their match, adding that it was due to circumstances but now they are back to the top. “Scoring 50 goals is an amazing record, yet a lot of people don’t believe me some even ask me if it was basket ball or what, but I replied I only put hard work before anything,” she remarked.
She said she takes football as a life career and she solely concentrates on the game. “The goal I scored against Jeshwang United is my best goal and the game against Interior Fc last season was my best game in Red scorpion jersey, I played well and we ended up beating them and it was a derby. Whenever clubs are facing Red scorpions they are extra motivated which leaves me with no option than to prepare mentally and wanting to show them what am made off,” she explained.
Commenting on the demise of her late colleague, Fatim Jawara, Adama said; “it's painful, we just heard of her travelling and later got the sad news of her death. Fatima was someone very close to me and was always advising me especially during our tournament in Baku in 2012.”