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Bor county beat Twic East 11—0 in southern wrestling competition


By Thon Philip Aleu

October 30, 2010 (BOR) – The first high profile wrestling match between Jonglei states’s Dinka Bor tribe resulted into a landslide victory for wrestlers from Bor county as they beat Twic East county’s team 11—0 on Friday.

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Wrestler, Mayen Reech Akuak, at a previous match in Bor, Jonglei state, South Sudan (ST/FILE)

In South Sudan traditional wrestling is predominantly practice by the Dinka Bor ethnic group in Jonglei state.

However, it is also common in Lakes state among the Aliap of Awerial county and Atuor who live in Yirol county.

The Mundari tribe in Terekeka county of Central Equatoria also have a wrestling culture.

All of the tribes that practice wrestling keep cattle as it used to be common between youths from different tribes at cattle camps.

But the organizers of Friday’s competition in South Sudan’s capital, Juba, say they aim to lift the sport beyond social pride.

“Firstly, it will create jobs to the talented [….] wrestlers who traditionally do it for the social pride and fame with no material benefit,” said Moses Kur Akech, a member of organizing committee in an e-mail sent to Sudan Tribune.

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Members of the Bor county wrestling team celebrate an earlier victory in Bor town, Jonglei state, South Sudan (ST/FILE)

In the match-up in Juba game Bor county won the first two fights with Majok Jok-rir (Bor) beating Deng Agok (Twic East) and Ajang Garang (Bor) winning against Athiei Chol (Twic East).

In the a highly charged start the two Twic East strongmen were both beaten in less than a minute.

The third match nearly resurrected hope for Twic East but the wrestler had to be content with a draw.

From then on Bor won nine of the remaining 12 fights, with Twic East managing only three more draws.

Organisers estimate that over a thousand people paid entry fees of between SDG 15 – SDG 100 ($6 - $42) to watch the match at Juba stadium.

Back in Bor town, supporters who did not have the chance to travel to Juba for the match gathered in groups and followed the game by mobile phone.

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Mayen Reech Akuak, one of the victorious Bor country team, celebrates winning a fight in Bor town prior to the match against Twic East county in South Sudan’s capital Juba (ST/FILE)

Celebrations ensued when the wrestling was declared over. Bar and restaurants owners will long remember the day for all the customers they received.

The Bor county wrestlers who shined in win include Mayen Reech Akuak, Alier Majur Awuang, Thon Kon Mabiei, Deng Mawut Arok, Ajith Nyakuoi, Amol Majak Amol, Akau Kuol Nyok and Dot Thok among others.

The fourth drawn match was contentious as members of Bor county claim it should have been awarded to them as a win.

Organizers say the winning team will receive a prize valued at 30 cows.

The main financial challenge to maintaining traditional wrestling, is having to stage the event in Juba as there is no stadium in Bor with the capacity to host the event.


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  • 31 October 2010 06:50, by Critic_Ngueny

    Well done my brothers from Bor and Twic East counties. Wrestling is one of sport activities which promotes peace, reconciliation and happiness.I would like to inform my dear brothers who are not from Bor and Twice East counties to adopt wrestling sport as a mean of reconciliation among the communities in the new born independent Southern Sudan.

    I am very happy to the extent that I could not express my joy to the public for the initiative taken by those who organized this historical event since the war broke out in Bor in 1983.Therefore, I am requesting this sport to be carried out every season.

    May Almighty God bless Bor community and Southern Sudan.

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  • 31 October 2010 07:49, by Akuma

    I was very very amuse yesterday when i was watching wrestling Southern Sudan TV Livestream in Southern Sudan capital Juba. Since the independent time, what happen yesterday had never done itself. So, this is the root of peace. Without peace, such event will not happen otherwise wrestling and other culture need to shown to the young generations because young generation had been addicted to sport and many modern activities in our country.

    Congratulation once more my dear colleagues with your victory, celebrate it with referendum victory otherwise, our referendum will give much chances to do what we desire much to do.

    Dr. Akuma

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  • 31 October 2010 08:12, by $iong mayom

    Congratulations to both sides for entertaining us.

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    • 31 October 2010 09:28, by Raan Chol

      Wel done brothers to show your wrestling with unique organize.My zest to see Bor and Twic East show their sport culture to entire South Sudan,yet we still have more unique sports to be show soon!. Wel to hear sport end up in peace ! hope you all can adhesion in that way.

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      • 31 October 2010 13:22, by Thonkiir

        Dear Journalist or Editor Thon Phillip Aleu,

        I have indeed appreciated the work you done today by showing our mainly cultural activities known as (Ayaang) in Dinka dialect to be known worldwide by the rest of the people who haven’t seen it physically. But not much different with what we usually watched on the TV daily especially to those who in the western countries or within some African developing countries are exactly already knew function and benefits of wrestling even small kids are really wants to know and learn how to obtain this possess in their life.

        Finally, I have seen some areas within the Lakes State have been mentioned or identified. Who’s their citizen been involves in wrestling culture, a part from Bor community. That were Aliap and Atuot, of the Yirol county no whereas, I think some crucial information were left out there which could make sense in the history of wrestling how this development had become and exist amongst the variety communities Bor of Junglei State and Yirol in Lakes State. Therefore, I am truly not agreed with the writer opinion for one reason simply because, Yirol have three participant organs in the history of wrestling in the past and present however, these both group are all very really well at the sport to the extent. Ciec people of Yirol East reside along the corner of the rivers of Yirol places whereas previous ethnics group been mentioned in the statement are the ones I think can be the champions of this sport near the future if I am not wrong. For instance, here are the names of the CIEC wrestlers of whom their record were on the ears of people there whether in greater Yirol and Bor as well:

        Khoc Aleeth, Bol Adut, Matueny Butic Alier, Akec, known as (Akac-raan) Madok Anai, Mabek Butic, Mapuor Arop, Bol Beny Til, Agook Jok, Achop Aring and Makur Akech Deng who defeated Bor’s wrestler or champion known as Guet Mayouk between 1993-94 these are some of the previous wreslers I know but I don’t know they curren wrestlers because my world has came being different with theirs world.

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  • 31 October 2010 18:26, by Good South in Ruin!

    It was a great day for the fools but to the wise was a day of WOES because all the boring comments I read are all leading us to the hell of division. I do not blame all the participants here but the irresponsible journalist. Journalist must be sensible and responsible when reporting because they are the eyes of any nation. Beside, the ethics of journalism are against anything that brings prejudice which seems to be the centre of interest of Mr. Thon. I just want to remind the reporter who was not at the scene that the results were not as reported but were something else, please come to your senses and revive your reporting.

    Good South

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  • 1 November 2010 10:13, by jateny

    Isn’t it great to have a sport that we call our own? (the Southerners). One that is entertaining, peaceful and possibly a source of income in the long run. As already mentioned; this is a great undertaking by the organisers to show an opportunity this sport has in contributing into a soon to be newest nation economy.

    Ironically though, we are so much caught up with prejudice, pride, cynicism, criticism and whinging that we let this rich traditional sport and a potential revenue generating event divide us than unite.

    This sport among others in my understanding could possibly as mentioned of course be a source of employment, a mean of tourist attraction as well as an attraction to both local and foreign investors. As we all may agree, it doesn’t matter whose this sport belong to, but how it impact in the life of individuals and that of the nation as a whole.

    Tribal identity and ethnic groups are a good source of identities, pride and belonging. But I suppose now is the time we should focus on national interest and togetherness, especially now that we all are excited in having our own nation. It is inevitable these subdivisions will technically be gone in a matter of generation or two and as a matter of fact, isn’t it a fair play, we are championing by separating from the oppressive NCP government in the first place??

    J. Deng Ateny

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    • 3 November 2010 07:52, by Daniel Hope

      Thank you all readers and editors

      Also I would to thank Mr Phili for the info and great wrestlers of Jonglei State in general.Win or lose is the part of the game, but the great title of culture that you all representing mean a lot. It is not matter Of wrestling. Since culture has great impact on language and traditional activies, itis natural that cultural awareness should be given enough attention. There are some things that united people in this world such as Sport, education, military and Cultural Activties. throught all of these. People get united. I know and Have witnessed through my entire life.Such activities bring people together through out the hardship and many more.Lets encourage the unification among our people and to show the great view to the world. Any thing could make huge different in our society.I wish to see more of those every season like somebody mention early.not just only Jonglei, but through the whole souhtern state.

      Thank you all

      One love for all. Hope for the Future. Hope for the South Sudan Independent.

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  • 22 November 2013 04:03, by coca

    I can’t beleive that Bor county beat Twic East 11—0 in southern wrestling competition goldenkudocasino.com

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