Producing the likes of Latif Janneh and Omar Colley (both played for the Scorpions), Lamin has been a good breeding ground for Gambian talents and the summer football jamboree called Nawettan has a key role to play in this.
There are many household teams in the town but perhaps it might strike you to know that the oldest team currently participating in its Nawettan is Jattas Football Club based in the heart of Lamin.
The team is named after the legendary late referee Sanna Jatta, a fallen hero who had contributed immensely to the development of the game in this sprawling town and The Gambia as a whole, but died young. The Lamin football park is also called the Late Sanna Jatta Memorial Football Ground.
Jattas FC is more of a family than a team as a result of the strong blood relations between players, and the tight bond that continues to exist in the group. A lot of brothers from the same parents have played for the team and among them are Lamin and Omar Colley and the Manneh brothers.
Jattas F.C joined the Lamin Nawettan in 1993 and since then has made history by winning as many trophies as they can. The team is known for its excellence in football and has produced many players that went on to represent The Gambia at various youth levels.
Striker Latiff Janneh was one of them who went on to play for the country’s most successful club, Wallidan, and eventually the national team before he secured himself a contract as a professional footballer; he played mainly in Belgium.
The aforementioned Colley brothers, and Baba Dumbuya, a forgotten former U-17 player, who helped Gambia qualify for the 2009 African Championship but was dropped from the final squad that won gold at Algeria, all came through the ranks at Jattas FC.
by Binta Bah