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South Sudan Wrestling: Central Equatoria State beats Lakes state 6—1


December 8, 2010 (JUBA) – Central Equatoria state traditional wrestlers, Mundari, defeated Lakes state, Aliap and Atuot combined, by six to one on Saturday in Juba as local entertainment takes root in southern Sudan ahead of next month’s referendum on self-determination.

Gore-Mapak, Mundari’s first strong man, opened the match with a dramatic win to the jubilation of home fans at Juba Stadium. Overall, Mundari scored six wins, four draws and lost one ending the contest in 6—1 in their favour.

Traditional wrestling is practised in southern Sudan by Dinka Bor from Jonglei state, Ciec, Aliap and Atuot from Lakes state and Mundari from Central Equatoria. Both keep cattle and wrestling is the sport of choice between youth in cattle camps, mainly for fame and pride.

The organizers, the Southern Sudan Wrestling Entertainment (SSWE), a private body, are providing better opportunities for traditional wrestlers who can receive 1,000 Sudanese Pounds (about $402 US) as token for appreciation, for taking part in the game.

Bor county wrestlers, locally known as the ‘Referendum Stars’ are due to face Lakes state wrestlers next Saturday, December 11. A win or a draw for Bor, which represents Jonglei state, will secure them a place in a final wrestling scheduled for 18 December. The winning team will collect 10,000 Sudanese Pounds (about $3,800 US) and runner-up takes half the prize of leading wrestlers.

As the southern Sudanese prepare for January 9, 2011 referendum to decide the future of Sudan, SSWE, the body organizing wrestling matches, aims at engaging cattle keeping youths in productive matches in order to reduce cattle rustling, which may interrupt the independence vote.


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  • 9 December 2010 07:21, by Anyak

    I would like to extend my happiness to the team who organize or decide to promote the culture for South Sudanese.
    In fact Lakes State greater Yirol county have a right to be defeated by central Equatoria State, because since the CPA was signed the greater Yirol never exercised wrestling due to the tribal crisis between the tribes caused by cattle raiders.
    And it is now a good example for them to be defeated by a weak Mundari wrestlers.

    My advise to the people of greater Yirol is that go back home leave all the problems and remains united and practice like before, such that you can win the next year match.
    And once more thanks to the organizers you bring peace among our people.

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    • 9 December 2010 07:58, by Ezekiel Dau

      THanks to organizing team.
      Hahahahahahahaha Lake state better you sharrander before Jonglei State (Bor County)defeat you, we are they champion in wrestling here in South Sudan.
      Jonglei oyeeeeeeeeeeee
      Bor oyeeeeeeeeeeee

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      • 9 December 2010 10:18, by Kolnyang youth

        exactly jonglei will defeat lake state.

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    • 9 December 2010 08:06, by Thon Bai

      Gore-Mapak with your Mundari team-mates, you my friends need to be ready to meet Bor South county wrestler’s worriers. Also “known as the ‘Referendum Stars” on the next Saturday, December 11. I’m strongly very confident that my Bor South county Referendum Stars are going to defeat you on Saturday , believe me or not, there is no way that the Referendum Stars are going to allowed you my friends to take way that championship from them.
      Thon Bai: is a big supporter of the Referendum Stars team.

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    • 9 December 2010 08:31, by Ajok Garang

      Hahahahahahahah............its very funny....i didn’t know that Mundari would defeat the strong men from Lake state but no need to worry in every game there is a looser and a winner ,my brothers from lake state need keep practising the game all the time because there is no where they can win without practice ,i thanks all the cattle wrestlers regardles of states .

      Ajok Garang Ajok .

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    • 9 December 2010 13:39, by Biar-awumbeny

      Any given nation is identified base on her cultural activities. So we do courageously encourage our traditional wrestlers to care on and in turn show the world that we are also people of fortune.

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    • 10 December 2010 15:59, by Baring

      Dear Reader,

      I would like to thank the organizers who come out with this idea of wrstling game, i hop it will generate a unity to our people.As you know the Centeral Equatoria had lost the first game, but that dosnt means we are gonna lose the second or the final game. As you know Mondari is the one who teach Dinka how to wrestle,So no dought we are the champion. My Dinka brathers get ready for next year championship forget about this year

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  • 9 December 2010 09:09, by Kijana Bol Detion-Alier-Abiu

    Wou! It’s a pleasure to here “Referendum stars” of Bor county Jonglei state competing with “Lagerei Stars” of Central Equatoria State on Saturday. Am well convinced that no one should beat referendum stars along their periphery. The referendum stars are well equipped and ready to face central equatorial state at any time.

    To referendum stars, champions should not be as crazy as last champion, do not let Taban interfere in the line-up. He should be out of tenth and teen but twenties to lose his number not to affect the line-up.

    Bol Detion-Alier-Abiu
    Sudan Christian University

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    • 9 December 2010 10:41, by Ezekiel Dau

      Thanks You brother for that point,Taban should not interfere again let Ajang come up and thing will be good am sure,no body no body and no body will win is only Bor County Jonglei State.
      Bor oyeeeeeeeeeeee
      Jonglei oyeeeeeeeeeeeee
      Referendum oyeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee

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  • 9 December 2010 17:15, by Tribe


    I do have a superb confident of Bor South wrestlers,especially the two giant front-runners of Majok Jok and Ajang. Their banners will fly over Borland for next decades to come because they are now the glaring undisputed champions in their field of expertise.

    However , one should not get himself carried away by previous two victories in two realms of Twic-East and Mundari because those do not mandate the next victory. Remember the wrestling still fall under the sport’s principle that stated that the winner is the well prepared one. If the victory was already known or predetermined then there could have been no any match in the first place.People could have just say who was the winner and stopped there.look at what happened to Deng Adol of Twic-East when folks erroneously predetermined his winning.The realities later set in the event went down shamefully and it was hard to retake the words people had spitted out in the interview before the match.

    So folks, hold up to your words until the end result are in.

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  • 10 December 2010 03:55, by igai mayen igai

    It’s controversial match, apparently the game was rigged and fraud. The wrestlers were taken on the field immediately once they arrived; the teams who faced mundari were legends who had been induced in hall of fame. They were retired, moreover I do agree with the MR ANYANG statement Atuot dinka, aliep dinka and ciec dinka wrestlers where killed in battlefield wars in Anya 1 and 2. Yirolists were warriors fought mundari in 1992 and Nuer on the side and Arabs too. They had enemies over south Sudan.
    They captured vast majority of south Sudan that’s why Arabs had sighed CPA, Their guerrilla’s tactics able them to defeat Arabs and their allies. Mover over they have clean record in SPLA historic moment they had never ever stabbed SPLA at the back, they fought Arabs until the end.

    New teams have arrived from home yirol. They’ll face Jonglei wrestlers. They are very strong. Those who lost to mundari are sent back home. Jonglei teams will face new teams from yirol; they are youngest, handsome, tall, polite and very strong. They’d friendly match before with mundari they beaten mundari teams 20 to 0. It’s us dinka atuot and dinka aliap who taught mundari. Mundari stole wrestling from us. We must win the next match, you mark my words.

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  • 12 December 2010 10:48, by Dinkanuer

    Congratulation anyway, I am not sure for what so call "Referendum Stars"!! Is it SPLA or SPLM? Please tell more if you have an ideas about it. Thank you
    By Dinkanuer

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