By Alieu Ceesay

The football fraternity is mourning the demise of ex-Real De Banjul and Gambia National Team Defensive Midfielder Pa Mundow Gomez, who passed away on Monday, August 28 after a long illness.

Survived by a wife and kids, Pa Mundow is described as an illustrious player who rose to the ranks of Gambia’s generation of players during the 1970s and 80s and was described as one of the country’s finest players at his time.

Believed to be in his 60s, he is said to be one of the longest serving players of Real De Banjul. He was part of the Real De Banjul’s Technical Committee until his demise.

Reacting to the sad news, GFF President Lamin Kabba Bajo said the demise of the former player is a great loss to Gambian football. “Pa was a strong pillar to football development and has spent all his time to nurturing young talents transferring his knowledge and experience. May his soul rest in peace,” he said on GFF’s Facebook Page.

The former Tallinding native is described by his colleagues as amiable, jovial but dedicated to the services of football.

Pa Yusupha Samba is the 1st Vice President at Real De Banjul. He describes the demise to The Fatu Network as a “great lose to the club”. “Pa was a key figure at Real and he served as mentor to many players.”

He will laid to rest next Monday.