First mayor’s cup tournament for ladies takes place in Yei

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Six football clubs in Yei are participating in a first of its kind mayor’s cup football competition for ladies, aimed at identifying talent for participation in future national competitions.

Six football clubs in Yei are participating in a first of its kind mayor’s cup football competition for ladies, aimed at identifying talent for participation in future national competitions.

Yei Central Football Club on Tuesday thrashed Fly United four goals to one in the first opening match of the tournament at the Freedom Square.

County assistant commissioner of Culture, Youth and Sports Kujo Beneth says the tournament also seeks to promote peace, unity and equal participation of ladies and boys in different activities.

He urged parents to give a chance to girls to participate in football and desist from tying them down with strenuous work at home.

“Whatever a man can do, a lady can do,” he said, advising ladies to keep their focus on learning skills and knowledge to prosper amidst opposing comments from boys.

“We are encouraging ladies’ team in Yei. Parents should give chance to their daughters to participate in such activities,” he said.

John James Wani, the county football association head said plans are underway to introduce a ladies’ premier league in the county and municipality.

He said the association initiated the ladies football tournament to fulfill the FIFA rules as well as to have a recognized association.

“This is the policy of the FIFA because FIFA wants football clubs for ladies to be in existence,” he told TCT.

He said the cup competition is dedicated to the mayor of Yei municipality.

He recalled that three teams including Yei Central, Rainbow and Dar es Salam were functional, citing an increase in the clubs to six with many other unregistered upcoming clubs.

Ruman Joseph, organizing committee official, expressed hope to train ladies. He lamented that their delicateness makes it very hard for them to train.

He calls on boys to encourage the ladies and leave out demoralizing them through insults.

“Ladies are very delicate. It’s very hard to train with them hard. When you call them for training there are some stubborn boys who abuse them…demoralizing them not to come for training,” he added.

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