Senegal confirm its dominance of West Africa’s traditional wrestling by
overwhelming arch rivals Niger 5-0 in the group match to retain its title at the
sixth edition of the ECOWAS wrestling which ended on Saturday, 29th June 2013 in
Dakar, the Senegalese capital.
The victory gave the Teranga Stars their fifth gold medal, consigning Niger to
silver while Nigeria took the bronze after beating Guinea Bissau.
The Stars also proved their supremacy in the individual events by winning three
gold medals and 1 bronze followed by Niger with one gold, two silver, and while
Nigeria came third with one silver and one bronze.
This sixth edition of the regional tournament, held at Dakar’s Iba Mar Diop
Stadium, witnessed a high turnout from Member States and high level officials
including the President of the ECOWAS Commission, His Excellency Kadre Desire
Ouedraogo, Senegal’s minister of sports, Honorable Mbagnick Ndiaye and the
ECOWAS Commissioner for Human Development and Gender, Dr. Adrienne Diop.
The President who attended the closing ceremony used the occasion to commend the
government and people of Senegal for their contribution and support which
ensured the success of the tournament, one of the two regional wrestling
competitions organised by the Ouagadougou based ECOWAS Youth and Sports
He particularly praised Senegal’s National Committee for Control and Management
of Traditional Wrestling for the excellent facilities provided for the event and
the 13 Member States that participated.
“If the ECOWAS Commission, through its Center for Youth Development and Sports
(EYSDC) can be proud of the success of these competitions, then you too must be
proud of your contribution and dynamism at national and regional levels which
goes towards our goal of development and strengthen of regional integration and
achieving the ECOWAS Vision 2020, “ The President affirmed.
He advised that the tournament be seen also as a platform for investors and
employers of labour for many young talented Senegalese, which would improve the
standard of the sport so that it can enjoy an image comparable to that of
professional football in Europe.
President Ouedraogo noted that the event had “become essential for athletes of
the community and a global benchmark, in terms of showcasing our rich culture
and customs while promoting the visibility of the community and highlighting our
cohesion and ability to promote the different heritage of our people.
Also Speaking at the closing ceremony, Minister Ndaiye, congratulated ECOWAS and
Senegal’s National Committee for the Management of Wrestling for their
contributions to the success of the tournament. He reaffirmed the commitment of
the Government and People of Senegal to ECOWAS’ objective to engender socio-
economic development and regional integration through sports and raising the
international status of African wrestling.
Below are the overall final ranking
Country Team placement:
Gold - Senegal
Bronze - Nigeria
Individual Weight Categories:
Gold - Moussa Faye (Senegal)
Silver - Fredric Doh (Burkina Faso
Bronze - Famara Diedhiou (Gambia)
Gold – Ibrahim Tassiou (Niger)
Silver – Augusto Minanda (Guinea Bissau)
Bronze – Oumar Diouane (Senegal)
Gold - Birahima Ndour (Senegal)
Silver – Adamou Yacouba (Niger)
Bronze – Lucky Opiah (Nigeria)
Gold - Abdoulaye Sanogo (Mali)
Silver – Senevi Botic (Nigeria)
Bronze – Malo Jean Noel (Cote d’Ivoire)
Gold - Thiaka Faye (Senegal)
Silver – Abu Lahou Sabo (Niger)
Bronze – Tchalim Esso Rouram (Togo)