PLASU VC’s Cup Maiden Football Tourney Kicks Off in Bokkos
By Ralph Madugu
The maiden edition of the Plateau State University, Bokkos, Vice Chancellor’s Cup football competition has been described as a veritable platform for the discovery and nurturing of talents in the areas of sports, arts, fashion, entertainment and several other endeavours among the students.
Vice Chancellor of PLASU, Professor Yohanna Daniel Izam, stated this during the kick-off of the competition, recently.
He said that the competition was important in the life of the university as it was slightly different from other events the institution celebrated with pomp and pageantry such as the matriculation, convocation and inaugural lectures which were aimed at promoting academic excellence.
The VC said: “It is this understanding that guided my resolve immediately on assumption of duty to include in my work template as one of my visions the creation of an enabling environment for the performance of extra-curricular activities whose importance to a Students physical fitness and mental alertness cannot be undermined.”
He noted that extra-curricular activities were instrumental in keeping students away from academic fatigue, social vices and improved blood circulation in the body, particularly to the brain, which, according to scientists, ultimately increased the intelligence quotient of students.
Prof. Izam pointed out that the competition meant a lot to the management and the university not because of the talents that would emerge or the fun that would radiate but for its importance in promoting a healthy lifestyle.
One of the Female Players Receiving a Handshake and a Prize from the Vice Chancellor
He announced that the management had employed a football coach whose focus would be on nurturing the soccer talents of the institution and exploring ways of ensuring that the institution made an impact in the forthcoming Nigerian Universities Games Association (NUGA).
The VC directed that a name be proposed for the team by the Directorate of Students’ Affairs to be ratified by the university management.
He also announced that the institution was working towards the construction of a standard sports complex for sporting competitions, adding that the table tennis, hand ball, volley ball and batons for relay races, football jerseys, sports wears and balls to be used by the football team had already been purchased.
Meanwhile, the Faculty of Management Sciences has defeated it Social Science counterpart by 4-1 goals during the opening of the football competition which witnessed a large turnout of staff and students.
The match, which began with an official kick-off by the vice chancellor, saw the Faculty of Management Sciences scoring three unreplied goals in the first half during which they also lost a penalty kick.
During the second half of the game, Hernandez of the Faculty of Social Sciences scored a goal, less than 8 minutes into the game.
The Faculty of Social Sciences made some key substitutions that made them dominate the game.
Their impressive performance earned them a penalty but they failed to convert it into a goal.
To add colour and glamour to the sports competition, there was also a novelty match between academic and non-academic staff.
In a related development, all is now set for the PLASU to make its debut at the 2019 edition of the Nigerian Universities Games Association (NUGA) to be hosted by the University of Lagos.
Vice Chancellor of Plateau State University Bokkos, Professor Yohanna Daniel Izam, made the disclosure while congratulating the winners of the maiden edition of the Plateau State University VC’s cup competition, Faculty of Management Sciences.
He described the VC’s competition as an opportunity to identify talents that would represent the university in future competitions, particularly the 2019 NUGA games.
Izam charged the students to take advantage of the series of reforms going on in sporting activities in the institution to keep themselves fit and healthy to pursue their academic activities.
He noted that the Faculty of Management Sciences deployed their knowledge of Strategic Management acquired in class to defeat their opponents, and other faculties that participated in the competition.
As a way of encouraging the participating teams/faculties, the Vice Chancellor announced a cash donation of N100,000 to the winners while the other faculties that participated were promised an undisclosed amount of money as consolation prizes.
While congratulating the winners, the Commissioner for Youth and Sports, Mr. Victor Lapang, urged the Faculty of Natural and Applied Sciences to see their loss as a challenge for them to re-strategize so as to lift the trophy in the next competition.
Lapang, who was represented by the Permanent Secretary, Mr. Isaac Maram, assured the management of the university and students that he would report all that he witnessed during the competition to Governor Simon Bako Lalong who was not only a sports lover but a footballer and golf player so as to him to encourage and support the university in the area of sports.
He hailed the talents exhibited by the players and urged the management to ensure that the competition is sustained as this would expose the abundant talents that abound and open the university to the wider society.
In the female category, the most behaved team prize went to the Faculty of Social Sciences, best spiker and setter went to Bridget Dung and Deborah Dachollom, all of the Faculty of Social Sciences.
In the male volleyball category, the prize for the best spiker went to Isa’ac Danjuma of Faculty of Arts while the best libro and setter went to Tankat Dachan and Yusuf Aminu of Faculty of Social Sciences and the most behaved team prize was won by the Faculty of Management Sciences.
The Faculty of Management Sciences emerged the overall winner in the female volleyball category while Faculty of Social Sciences emerged volleyball winner in the male category.
In the female football category, the Faculty of Social Sciences emerged the overall winner and best behaved of the competition while Jessica Rume and Comfort Danladi both of Faculty of Social Sciences, clinched the prizes of the Most Valuable Player and Best Goalkeeper in the tournament.
The Faculty of Natural and Applied Sciences clinched the prize for the Most Behaved team while the prize for the Most Valuable Player, Best Goal keeper and Highest Goal Scorer of the tournament went to Felix Gabriel, Luis Fom and Emmanuel Mamot of the Management Sciences.