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Northern Bahr el Ghazal to host “peace” football competition


August 17, 2012 (Rumbek) - South Sudan’s State of Northern Bahr el Ghazal said Friday it had completed preparations to host the quarter final of a football competition organized to promote peace and unity in the country.

Tong Deng Anei, the state Minister of Youth and Sports said the exercise would also answer demands by the country’s Football Association which requires all states to compete at a local level to select best clubs to play at the national level competition in Juba.

Anei said event the will be the first ever football match between Aweil Meriekh Club and Bentiu Nahda club on Saturday, August 18, 2012 in Aweil Freedom Square football field. This match will be followed by another competition between the same teams on Saturday, August 25, 2012 in Bentiu Downtown.

“The match is highly expected to promote peace not only by excited supporters of the two clubs but also by youth and sports institutions of entire Republic of South Sudan, in engaging youths in productive sport activities. The match will be organized around the theme ’A Goal for Peace’ ", he says

He explained that thousands of supporters including men and women from the two states of Northern Bahr El Ghazal and Unity are preparing to attend and watch the match.

“Our coaching staff members are set to provide a fair judgment among the two teams. This group of top coaches from Kuacjok and Rumbek will work with the teams throughout the competition where the winner for South Sudan Semi-final Cup for 2012 will be selected to play in Juba on Saturday September 5, 2012”, the minister explained.

This comes following the conduct of similar competition involving Warrap and Northern Bahr el Ghazal in July. Officials say Aweil Meriekh Club beat Grass Kuacjok twice in Aweil and Kuacjok on July 28th, and August 4th, respectively.

The newly independent state of South Sudan became the 209th member of FIFA - world football’s governing body - earlier this year, during its annual congress by consensus. This preceded membership at Confederation of African Football (CAF) in February before it officially became eligible to become a full member of FIFA after FIFA dropped its two-year waiting rule for new members.

The new nation was not able to take part in the qualifying competition for next year’s African Cup of Nations as it started before it joined CAF. The country will now be eligible to play in the qualifiers for the 2015 tournament and the 2018 World Cup finals after identifying it best players.

The country’s is yet to secure membership in other international sporting associations including the International Olympic Committee.


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  • 19 August 2012 10:31, by jjb south

    Anti traitors,
    not all Bahr el ghazel,but those close to the president and corrupt generals who supply their cattle camp boys with guns for cattle rustling.
    some army officers to date stay brigades of soldiers at home to cover up their criminal deeds.
    Minister,try that tournament in another stste to set up an example for those animals.

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  • 19 August 2012 11:39, by Malim

    Northern Bahr El Ghazal is the most peaceful State in South Sudan. There are no thugs of cattle rustlers there. You know where these looters of cattle come. Thanks the Government of NBG for promoting peaceful activities among the youths.

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  • 19 August 2012 14:59, by Northern Sudanese

    eid saeed to everyone :) southerners & northerners :)
    enjoy the next few days :) , greetings from me to you and all your friends, relatives and family!

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    • 19 August 2012 18:17, by Ruach

      Greeting for what son of terrorist?

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      • 19 August 2012 19:08, by Northern Sudanese

        come on buddy , its the end of ramadan! end of the long days of fasting, we are currently celebrating! this is a very special day for all northerners (nearly all northerners). no conflict today please + we are not terrorists.
        greetings from me to you and your family , thank you :)

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        • 20 August 2012 06:26, by Malim

          Killing people especially Nubian government officials is indication that Sudan government is a terrorist organization. How can the government kill it own citizen on the Ramadan day. May God rest the soul of the late Nubians Leaders who were killed on the plane crash.

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          • 20 August 2012 15:52, by Northern Sudanese

            killing nubians is part of western propaganda,those nubians who left their homes feared the fighting between spla and saf. and eid is not about government,its about religion!
            it seems i was a fool for speaking so warmly and being kind with others, i am sorry,i wont make the mistake again!
            being kind means kind with everyone, except south sudanese asylum seekers who support corrupted spla

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