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Mkar unity soccer cup, alternative to picnic –Iorumbur

By Moses Mbaiorga, Gboko

The organizer of Mkar Unity Soccer Cup competition, Dr. Joseph Iorumbur Igbawua, says the essence of the competition was to unite youths and provide an alternative for picnic during Christmas and new year festivities.

Dr Igbawua stated this at the final of the Mkar Unity Soccer Cup competition for the year 2020, held at Mkar recently.

According to Dr Joseph Igbawua, apart from football being an emotional game that has many advantages to both active and passive participants, it will also serve as an alternative to picnics for youths during yuletide.

He said, “picnics have been frowned upon over time and recently banned across the state, especially on Christmas and new year days. But without providing an alternative for the youth, it becomes difficult for them to control the urge for public entertainment.”

Dr. Iorumbur who expressed satisfaction with the conduct of players, officials and organizers during the 2020 edition of the tournament, described it as hitch-free, adding that instead of medals to be presented to the best three teams, Bible literature will be given to enable players build themselves spiritual too.

In his analysis, the 14th edition of the tournament had only 12 participating teams as the room was not left open for any willing-to-participate club, explaining that discipline and self control were used to invite football teams that would participate to avoid unnecessary crises. He insisted that they will continue with the strategy as it has yielded a fruitful result.

Dr Igbawua appreciated Governor Samuel Ortom for his financial support towards the success of tournament, as well as thanked those who have supported the project in one way or the other, assuring them of  continued commitment in  ensuring that the soccer tournament holds every year and in a grand style.

Meanwhile, Mkar Rocks FC of Mkar emerged winners by beating rivals Mkar Rocks academy by 1-0 while many personalities received various prizes at the final.

Former Commissioner of Arts, Culture and Tourism, Hon. Sekav Iortyom presenting the trophy to captain of the winning team, Joseph Yaweh while the Converner, Dr. Iorumbur Igbawua and others watch. Photo: Moses Mbaiorga

Former Commissioner of Arts, Culture and Tourism, Hon. Sekav Iortyom presenting the trophy to captain of the winning team, Joseph Yaweh while the Converner, Dr. Iorumbur Igbawua and others watch. Photo: Moses Mbaiorga

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