Meet Lamin – The football coach

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In this series we delve into the lives of Gambian amputees, who they are, how they see the world and their drives and their goals.

In this addition we meet Lamin Jammeh, a 23 year old football coach and family man. Football has always been at the centre of Lamin’s life and, up until two years ago, he was a passionate player. today, due to a broken leg and subsequent amputation his own career as a footballer may be over but that doesn’t mean that he has left the game behind him.

Now, with his own team Lamin uses his own experiences and expertise to coach. He instills discipline in his players and, in return for his own dedication and hard work, is well respected.

“In the future I’d like to coach the Gambian football team,” he says.

Bu his main goal is to be able to be a family man and to support his people. He finds life difficult but also recognises that life would be harder without the support of Legs4Africa and though he cannot play football anymore he is happy to have a team to coach.

“Adapting to life is hard,”, he says when asked about the effect of limb loss. “I have great support from my friends and family and though.”

Lamin lives with his family and grandmother and each day, practices exercises to improve the strength of muscles in the remaining part of his leg. Being a sportsman, Lamin is very aware that exercise is essential for optimum performance for the use of his prosthetic leg.

When asked what the biggest issue with amputation is in the Gambia, Lamin explained that it was the costs involved. The leg which he received from his local surgery cost £200 and was woefully insufficient for his needs. He says that the gift of a quality prosthetic from Legs4Africa has made all the difference.

Part of this years work for Legs4Africa is to develop outreach programs for amputees to, not only provide the equipment they require, but also the aftercare to guarantee they are making the most of their reclaimed mobility. We can look to people like Lamin who haven’t let disability stop them. He has had to reevaluate what he can do but, through his coaching he is supporting the community at large as they support him in return.

Sport is not only a game which develops fitness, it is a way of people coming together and sharing in a common pleasure. Far too often disability precludes people from being involved in sport.

Our goal is to provide prosthetic legs and mobility equipment and the opportunity for people like Lamin to cultivate his passion and, just as importantly, cultivate passion in his own footballers.

“Adapting to life is hard,”, he says when asked about the effect of limb loss. “I have great support from my friends and family and though.”