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Jonglei prepares for national sport tournament

By Philip Thon Aleu

November 5, 2009 (BOR) – Secondary schools teams completed evaluation matches here Tuesday in preparation for national sports competition scheduled for December, 2009 in El-Fashir, Darfur in Western Sudan. State team will be selected among the school’s students, sport officials say.

Alliance High School Sport (L) and Malek SS (R) teams listen to breifing after a draw match to state officials on Nov. 3, 2009 at Bor Town Freedom Square (Photo: Philip Thon Aleu--ST)
Alliance High School Sport (L) and Malek SS (R) teams listen to breifing after a draw match to state officials on Nov. 3, 2009 at Bor Town Freedom Square (Photo: Philip Thon Aleu–ST)
11 Secondary schools (SS), including six (6) outside the state boundaries, participate in preliminary matches since last Thursday, Oct. 29, 2009 ending Tuesday November, 3. The competition, describe as only forward, began at knockout stages where a defeated team cease to continue in next matches.

Four secondary schools fully participated in Bor town competition with a fifth private school, Alliance High, only involved Tuesday to challenge final losers, Malek SS, after championship was declared. Bor Secondary school is the champion of these preparatory matches.

Malek SS defeated Werkok SS by 4-0 last Thursday. Bor SS beat Dr. John Garang SS in Twic East by 2-0. The final match, between Bor SS and Malek SS ended in penalties by 4-2 in later’s favor. Bor SS was declared the champion just before Alliance High School, a privately owned one by Dr. John Garang Institute students in Bor held Malek to a 1-1 draw on Tuesday.

Pibor SS, suited in Juba, Ngundeng SS, Fangak, Atar, Ayod and other schools suited in Malakal but officially belonging to Jonglei state, will send best players to Bor early December, 2009 to join state team, Abel Manyuon, director general state ministry of education told the Malek and Alliance teams on Tuesday.

Mr. Manyuon pledges that a neutral body will do the selection to get quality players for national tournament.

Volleyball and basketball teams are also going be selected based on the recent competitions.

The state sport teams, according to officials, will be camped in Bor weeks before the tournament could started to monitor their health and diet.

Challenges like lack of organized football pitch and medication during playing hours are some difficulties still hooking sport activities in Bor, the capital of Jonglei state but government says it is keen to promote constructive leisure.

(ST)