By: Mellish Gbor/Reporter: Nimba D-9 TV/ email@example.com
Zolowee, Nimba Liberia: – As part of ArcelorMittal-Liberia’s community engagement program, the company is single-handedly organizing a peace tournament in three counties affected by its operations.
The four-day games are taking place in Nimba, Bong and Grand Bassa counties with participating teams drawn directly from communities affected by AML’s operation.
It is under the theme: “Promoting cohesion through sport”.
At the opening of Zolowee Town in Nimba District 3, William S. Mandein, the Nimba County Ministry of Youth and Sports Coordinator who kicked off, congratulated ArcelorMittal-Liberia (AML ) for his tireless support of youth programs and sports.
Said Mandein: “Today we have been officially invited by ArcelorMittal to kick off the 2022 AML Cup under the theme Social Cohesion for Communities through Sport”
“We are thrilled about this because the government of Liberia believes in peace and capacity building programs for youth, which AML continues to do through sports and other programs.”
Mandein said he honored the opening of the event “to join you in celebrating peace through sport.”
“The Minister of Youth and Sports presents his greetings to us and asks all of us to continue to live in peace,” he added.
The tournament, known as the AML Cup, is held simultaneously in Bong, Bassa and Nimba counties with kickball and football.
In Grand Bassa County, Moore Town, Frank Diggs, Water and Sewer and Barsigiah Town compete for the AML Cup while in Bong, Gbata, Botota the Rock Crusher and Zowenta teams compete.
Nimba County has the highest number of competitive community teams including Lugbeyee, Bonlah, Gbapa, New Yekepa, Zolowee, Sehykimpa, Sehyi-Geh, Makinto, Bunadin, Duo and other railway towns and villages.
Edmond Saye Gbah, community relations supervisor at ArcelorMittal-Liberia, explained that the tournament will last for four days with the aim of bringing communities together for unity through sport.
”The tournament will last for 4 days from 25th to 29th October 2022 and it is meant to bring the relevant communities together to interact with each other and most importantly to stay together as one unit by speaking with one voice as a way to ‘establish a serene working relationship’.
Saye Gbah said the winner in the football category will receive cash prizes.
In the opening match, Yarmein Clan defeated Sehyi Clan 3-0 in a penalty shootout after a full 90 minutes of play.
Citizens of the two affected clans who spoke to Nimba D-9 also expressed their thanks and encouraged ArcelorMittal to continue its community engagement campaign.
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