Tension is high at the final shoot-out
Sports are pretty well the most popular activity for talibé children, contributing to both their physical and emotional development. They also support development of bonds of comradeship with other talibés and provide them with rare and precious moments of relaxation.
For these reasons, Maison de la Gare organizes soccer tournaments each week on Thursday and Friday for talibé children from the different daaras that it works with. Besides being valued very highly by the children, these tournaments serve to reinforce their linkages with the Maison de la Gare’s centre and its other programs.
In this tradition, Maison de la Gare organized a tournament on Thursday, November 22nd and Friday the 23rd. The showdown took place in the mythical Wembley stadium located in the Diawlingua area of Sor in Saint Louis. Six daaras participated: Daara Serigne Diamanka, Daara Serigne Arona Kandé, Daara Serigne Arona Baldé, Daara Serigne Ousmane Sow, Daara Serigne Mansour Baldé and Daara Serigne Mamadou Baldé. In total, close to two hundred talibé children were involved, divided into twelve teams with each of them representing a daara.
The teams competed in two categories:
- The junior category for younger ages, typically 10 to 14, representing six daaras in Balacoss, Diawlingua and Darou. After the elimination rounds, the daaras of Serigne Ousmane Sow (Diawlingua) and Serigne Mansour Baldé (Balacoss) qualified for the final. Serigne Ousmane Sow was victorious, winning by a score of 5 to 4 in a final shoot-out.
- In the senior category, typically 15 years and older, six daaras again competed. Only Serigne Ousmane Sow (Diawlingua) and Serigne Arona Baldé (Balacoss) reached the finals. It was again Serigne Ousmane Sow that took the championship, by a score of 2 to 0.
Each of the finalist teams was recognized with a small prize, to help them meet their obligations to their daaras for the day and also to reinforce their enormous sense of satisfaction in enjoying their favorite sport.
Maison de la Gare is working to establish more and more activities of this sort to occupy the talibé children so that they have less time and incentive to return to the streets.
Daara Ousmane Sow, victor in the junior category
Daara Ousmane Sow's victorious senior team
Daara Arona Balde's disappointed runner-up seniors