2nd edition of Dami Mamza football competition kicks off

Bishop Dami Mamza rejoicing and presenting trophies to the winners of the competition.
Bishop Dami Mamza rejoicing and presenting trophies to the winners of the competition.
2nd edition of Dami Mamza football competition kicks off

•As Bishop calls for unity, oneness, fair play

The second edition of Bishop Dami Mamza football competition has today kicked off in Yola amidst ecstasy, pomp and pageantry.

The Bishop of Yola Catholic Diocese, Most Reverend Stephen Dami Mamza who thanked the laity council of Yola Diocese for their wisdom to come up with the concept of the competition and sustain it, told the gathering that the purpose of the tournament is purely to enhance competitive struggles, healthy well being and an everlasting unity amongst members of the Diocese especially the youth.

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All the eight deaneries of Yola Catholic diocese namely; Jimeta deanery, Gombi deanery, Numan deanery, Yola deanery, Mapeo deanery, Ganye deanery, Mayo Belwa deanery and Vunoklang deanery are participating in the competition.

Renewing his call for a peaceful and hitch free event, Mamza urged the competing sides and individual players to respect the spirit of unity, friendliness and healthy competition which is the underlying rationale behind the organization of the competition.

He warned participants to shun rough tackles, indiscipline and disregard for the rules of engagement stating that anyone found wanton of circumventing such rules will be sent out of the competition.

“Remember this football competition is not about winning or losing but about the unity of the diocese. We want you to play a good football in order to portray our diocese in good light.

“I want to use this opportunity to thank the chairman of the laity council and his team and all those who participated in one way or the other in organizing this sporting event as you heard from the laity council chairman the purpose of this football event though it is meant to be competitive is not meant that one must win by all means as we know many will participate but only one team will go with the trophy.

“We are more concerned about the unity of our youth in Yola Catholic Diocese. We are more concerned about you knowing one another from different denearies and from different parishes in the diocese.

“These events will strengthen unity, collaboration and will also ginger you to serve a lot better especially as you are the future leaders of the church. So I want each and everyone here that we should be of one mind and one heart, I want your relationship to be more strengthened at the end of this sporting event. I want you to make friends with one another. I want to see somebody from Gombi, Numan or Yola parish cultivating relationship with people from other parishes so that when ever you meet you will know each other.

“I want a situation that all of us will be filled with joy and satisfaction at the end of the tournament as we come back to our different deaneries and parishes. I want to welcome you to the Cathederaticum whereby all of us will participate at St Theresa Cathedral.

“I want to state here that there should be no rough play, no quarrelling. Anyone who quarrel should be sent out of this place. Everyone who disobeys rules will cease to be part of this group behave yourself and be responsible. I pray you should not sustain even the slightest injury,” he said.

Also speaking, the chairman of the laity council, John Ndasaya, thanked Bishop Dami Mamza for graciously approving the second football tournament and for his fatherly support and encouragement leading to the success of the football tournament since it kick started last year.

He also called on the players not to see the competition as a do or die affair but see it as an avenue to enhance sportsmanship, unity and oneness.

Ndasaya said the essence of the competition is not to produce victors but rather to produce winners who emerge through competitive process and enhance unity amongst the various parishes.

He thanked all the parishes for their financial and moral support which enabled them to organize the second tournament.

 

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