It was an awesome and momentous display yesterday to see over 30 youths-at-risk, known as “Sogo,” locking horns together in a mini-street soccer tournament graced by the presence of President Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf, who excitedly whispered to some members of her Cabinet, including the Youth and Sports Minister Charles Saah N’Tow.
The organizing chairman of the 169th Independence’s Sports activities, Assistant Minister Murvee Gray, dedicated the success to the Ministry’s Sports Bureau.
“The President is delighted,” Minister N’Tow smiled at the Daily Observer.
After six games, four out of the six teams that qualified for the semi-finals are West Point, Car Washers, Randall and Carey Street.
According to the tournament’s rules, a team fields four players at a time, and each half lasts for 15 minutes.
The debut semifinal derby between West Point and Car Washers was on up to press time yesterday.
In the tournament’s opener, West Point defeated Randall Street, 2-1. In the second game, Car Washers pinned Car Loaders 2 – 0.
West Point won her second game against Carey Street 2-1 in a penalty shootout, after a goalless draw in the third game; and Center Street convincingly beat Car Washers, 5-0.
Randall Street bounced-back and thrashed Carey Street 4-2 and in the last preliminary game, Center Street spanked Car Loads 1-0.
Organizing Chairman Gray thanked President Sirleaf, the Chief Patron of Sports, for her support and said the success was from God and the collective work of the Sports Bureau.
“We are grateful for another opportunity again and we want to especially thanked President Sirleaf for the immeasurable support and the Sports Bureau,” Min. Gray said.
The Sunday’s street soccer was sponsored by Lonestar Cell/MTN and Saturday’s sports program was sponsored by Cellcom GSM.
In the kickoff of the 169th Independence’s Sports activities on Saturday, July 24, there was an exhibition match amongst the Amputee Lone Star, in which Team A downed Team B 1 – 0.
In the kickball version, Government of Liberia (GOL) beat the Press Union of Liberia (PUL) 27 – 2 points.
In the day’s last battle, PUL whipped GoL, 3-2.
The Acting Secretary General of PUL, Daniel Nyakonah scored the first goal and it was later leveled by Information Minister Lenn Eugene Nagbe.
New Republic Publisher Alphonso Toweh increased the tally through a header, and again Minister Nagbe rotated the score. Both goals were scored through a diagonal and digging kick.
SKY FM/TV Reporter, Julius Konton netted the winning goal. Some members of the Sports Writers Association of Liberia (SWAL) voted him as the Man of the Match for his excellent goal.