Mangateen IDP Camp wins Football Tournament

Mangateen Camp FC has won the tournament for Internally Displaced People (IDPs) in the Protection of Civilian (POC) sites in Juba on Saturday. Mangateen camp beat Mahad camp by a goal to nil during a tight game held at Rainbow football ground in Munuki.

Lino Mangok, Mangateen’s forward scored the only goal of the match at the 67th minute in the second half when he volleyed a classic cross from the right-wing. In a statement to the press, Mangok urged the youths to unite as one people to bring out the talents in them. “All I can tell my fellow youths is that let’s join hands for peace because one hand can’t clap. You the youths should leave your evil deeds and join hands to promote and develop the football talents in the young children. Let’s Play for Peace,” Mangok added.

The tournament was organized by Integrated Development Organization (IDO) with support from the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) under the Theme; “Let’s Play for Peace.”

Mr. Yeng Simon, the program Coordinator for Integrated Development organization (IDO) said IDO is using the football tournament to bring the people together and unite for a common cause, peace. “I would like to say that this is a very important game to initiate a program that has been dividing people along ethnic lines, and now we would like to use this tribal and cultural diversity for peace building and development.”

Yeng said the tournament has brought different tribes from the two IDP camps of Mangateen and Mahad to play for peace and promote peaceful co-existence among the South Sudanese people. He said, the tournament will be held yearly for the next three years and therefore, calls on the youths to unite and contribute meaningfully to the development of the country.

Jiji Stephen, the Coaching Technician said the tournament was initiated to build and promote peace among the IDPs in their various camps across the country. “You know they say, ‘nothing unites people like football’, so we organized the tournament to make people love each other and promote patriotism among the different tribes in the different IDP camps,” Jiji told Juba Monitor on Saturday in an inclusive interview.

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