The 2022 Intra Governmental & Agency Tournament finally came to a close on Tuesday, with the National Port Authority (NPA) clinching the football trophy after a 3-1 victory over the Liberia Revenue Authority (LRA) at the SKD Practice Pitch in Paynesville.
NPA took the lead midway through the first half before LRA leveled things up from the spot to end the first half 1-1. The port boys came back stronger in the second half and reclaimed the lead after pressurizing the tax collectors to score their own goal.
With over half an hour left to play, the tax collectors were still hopeful of an equalizer, but their hopes were dashed after NPA made it 3-1 from a diving header. The closing and trophy presentation ceremony of this year’s tournament in various categories was colorful, courtesy of the Liberian International Ship Corporate Registry (LISCR), a long-time partner of the Ministry of Youth and Sports.
Winners of each of the categories (football, kickball, volleyball, and basketball) walked away with a trophy along with individual award trophies. The trophies were made available by LISCR through its CEO, Abraham Avi Zaidenberg.
In May, Mr. Zaidenberg presented a huge consignment of trophies and medals valued US$6,000 to the ministry for the tournament.
The consignment included: four big-sized trophies for four disciplines (football, basketball, kickball, and volleyball), 450 medals (150 gold, 150 silver, 150 bronze), and 24 individual awards. Weeks later, Mr. Zaidenberg went on to underwrite the cash prize, individual awards, and other financial costs of the basketball category of the tournament.
In a related development, members of the volleyball team of the Ministry of State for Presidential Affairs on Tuesday presented the championship trophy to Minister McGill and President Weah after successfully winning the Volleyball component of the Inter-Ministerial League for the second consecutive season. The Basketball team also took second place.
2022 Intra Governmental & Agency Tournament Champions:
Basketball: Ministry of Transport
Volleyball: Ministry of State