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The Commander 33 Artillery Brigade, Brig. Gen. Egbe, has organized a football tournament to engage the youths within and outside the barracks through civil-military relations and to promote physical fitness among them.

Speaking at the final match of the second edition of the football tournament organized for youth footballers within and outside Shadawanka Barracks communities in Bauchi State yesterday, the managing director of the Nigerian Army Special Vehicles Plant, Major General AU Obiwulu, called on youths within the Brigade’s host communities to support security agencies with information to tackle insecurity.

Gen Obiwulu disclosed that the Chief of Army Staff, Lt Gen TA Lagbaja, encourages such events, which are aimed at training, improving Civil-military relations, sportsmanship and discipline

He congratulated the commander for bringing the youths together through sports, maintaining that sports are a factor that promotes unity among the people.

He further charged the winners of the tournament, Guru FC, to celebrate their victory with dignity, saying there must be a winner in every contest.

In his part, the Commander 33 Artillery Brigade, Brig Gen. Egbe, disclosed that the objective of the tournament was to promote good relationships and collaboration with host communities.

He said the gesture would further take their hearts and minds away from crime and help them discover talents, among others.

The Commander commended the Chief of Army Staff, Lt Gen TA Lagbaja, and the General Officer Commanding 3 Division Nigerian Army and Commander Operation SAFE HAVEN, Maj Gen AE Abubakar, for their support and direction in ensuring that the objectives of the competition were met.

He explained that the number of participating teams for the second edition (Christmas edition) of the tournament was increased to eight clubs, as opposed to six clubs that played in the first edition in June 2023.

Gen. Egbe further explained that the tournament was scheduled to take place from December 1 to 29, 2023. He said the final match play and closing ceremony were rescheduled to January 5, 2024, due to the unfortunate killings that happened on Christmas Eve in Jos.

According to him, the reason for the postponement was to commiserate with those who lost loved ones in the incident.

The participating teams in the Second Edition of the 33 Brigade Commanders’ Cup included Tiger Warriors FC, Shadawanka Boys FC, Young Talented FC, and Young Stars FC. Others are Vulcan FC, Green Barret, Guru FC, and Abu Ali FC. Guru FC scored four goals against Abu Ali FC in the final match play to emerge as the winner of the trophy in the tournament.

Highlights of the closing ceremony included the presentation of award medals to the first, second, and third positions in the tournament. Others are token presentations to the officials and to all teams that participated in the tournament. Presentations were also made to individual players and teams that distinguished themselves during the tournament.

The ceremony was attended by village heads from Guru and Shadawanka villages, invited guests, officers, soldiers, corps members, fans, and well-wishers, both inside and outside Shadawanka Barracks communities.

The climax of the ceremony was the presentation of the Champion Trophy to Guru FC and group photographs.

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