By; JACOB ONJEWU DICKSON
The Theatre Commander (TC) Joint Task Force North East operation HADIN KAI (OPHK) Major General Christopher Musa Ball Games Tagged “Barrack Youths Tournament 2021” which commenced on Tuesday, 23 November, 2021 at the Lieutenant Colonel BU Umar Sports Complex Maimalari Cantonment has been concluded in grand style with El-Kanemi Junior Warriors emerging winners of the maiden edition in the football events.
While flagging-off the games, the TC stated that the games are to create an avenue for unification and building the future generations of the Military Barracks. He also noted that the games will be used as an avenue to select good sports men and women that will represent the barracks community in future sporting activities in the state.
The tournament which saw 18 teams, with 6 teams each that competed in the various events which includes football, volleyball and Basket Ball saw winners and runners-up emerging and carting away teams and individual awards and trophies for outstanding performance during the games.
The games which were organized as a means of unification and bringing the youths together indeed brought lovers of sports, members of the cantonment and other spectators from Maiduguri Metropolitan Council together in one arena cherishing the skillful performances of the barrack youths.
In his closing remarks, the Theatre Commander expressed satisfaction in the performances, show of strength and sportsmanship in all the participants as well as the Coaches and officials. He said “I see future champions in you, your performances is highly commendable and this has truly shown that we can generate a team for the nation” he added.
The grand finale of the football event was slogged out between the Desert Warriors and El-Kanemi Junior Warriors which ended draw and later decided through penalty shootout that ended in favour of the El-Kanemi Junior Warriors while Theatre Commanders Attackers emerged the second runners up respectively.
In the Basketball event, 7 Div team emerged the winners while Bama Warriors and Armour team emerged the first and second runners up. In the Volley Ball event, 333 Artillery Team emerged overall winner while 7 Division and Theatre Commander’s Team emerged first and second runners up respectively.
Presenting the teams for their trophies, medals and individual awards, the Acting Assistant Director Army Physical Training (ADAPT) Major Adebayo Oloruntoba stated that the game was free and fair, with participants, coaches and officials exhibited spirit of sportsmanship, fair play and neutrality throughout the games.
The highlights of the grand finale were presentation of trophies and awards to individuals for outstanding performance. The award winners in volley ball event are Best Spiker goes to Sunday Isiaka, Best Setter, Haruna Bulus while the best female player goes to Clara Akuma. Best player in Basket Ball event is Shamsudeen Nuhu and the best rebounder goes to Umar Abarum. In football event, the best goal keeper award was carted away by Victor, best player to Sulaiman Abdurahaman while the highest goal scorer of the tournament was Reuben Gana.
Present at the grand finale were the Deputy Theatre Commander 1 OPHK, Major General Ibrahim Jallo, the Acting General Officer Commanding 7 Division Nigerian Army and Commander Sector 1 OPHK, Brigadier General Abdul Wahab Eyitayo, the Maritime Component Commander, Commodore Richard Shammah and the Theatre Logistics Component Commander, Brigadier General Emmanuel Akpan. Others include Principal Staff Officers from Headquarters Theatre Command and 7 Division.