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Jonglei footballers entertain Muslims on Eid al-Adha

By Philip Thon Aleu

November 27, 2009 (BOR) – Nassir Football Club beats Freedom FC or Hurriya 3-1 Friday in a match organized to coincide with Eid al-Adha, a Muslim greatest festival in Bor.

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Nassir FC players (R) assist injured colleague out of the pitch as contested trophy is seen in Bor on a table, Nov. 27, 2009 (Photo by Philip Thon Aleu — ST)

Government offices are off today in Bor for the celebration of Eid Al-Adha, a holiday celebrated by Muslims to commemorate the willingness of Ibrahim to sacrifice his son as an act of obedience to God.

The late afternoon match between local teams was organized by Muslims and state government.

Nassir midfielder extended the favorites lead in the first-half with a long closed forty meters from goalpost. Freedom FC early equalizer in the early second-half was smashed by Nassir FC double extensions minutes later.

Playing at the clearly dry Bor Town Freedom Square – a multipurpose ground players has nothing to demand extra time because the pitch is rough and a foul is an injured.

However, sport fans gave a tremendous support in a game where players’ inexperience was clear.

The Eid al-Adha organizers also invited traditional dancers from all tribal group but only Anyuak dancers performed late evening. As the local entertainments fade with increasing influence of modern sports, Dinka Bor dancers or audience dally before returning home unsatisfied.

Most youths now prefer passive involvement in traditional dance and only a minor number is active.

(ST)