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Veteran player Babou Sowe passes away

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“Babou Sowe was perhaps the most admirable character to have stepped foot in the football pitch,” a fellow veteran commented in tears.

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 The late Sowe was also well known in other spheres of Gambian life. 

“His passion for culture, religion and sports combined made him a lovable personality who had touched the lives of many Gambians’,’ another former friend said in a tribute to him.

A team mate of the legendary Biri Biri, Babou Sowe’s legion of fans and admirers are huge and widespread. He was both player and later team manager of the national team for very long memorable years.

Known to the younger generation as Uncle Babou, his voice was both a delight and a source of wisdom on West Coast radio where as late as last week he presented his history programme  Banjul Demba which promoted sports and culture.

Pap Saine , the managing director of The Point newspaper said he knew and be-friended Babou Sowe some 45 years ago and since then they have remained friends. “I was his last guest on his Banjul Demba programme where we discussed the history of the African Nations Cup as recent as January 14 which was repeated last week on West Coast radio. He was a role model who contributed to sports, culture and society”, said Pap Saine.

 The late Babou was laid to rest yesterday with thousands of people attending the burial. 

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