Final Exams at the University of Liberia is scheduled to being on Monday, the 25th of February, however, that could not prevent students from participating in a major inter-college sporting event that brought seven undergraduate colleges together last Friday, February 15, 2019.
The tournament which was organized under the theme: “UL Seven Colleges Academic Unification Sports Meet.”
The colleges competed in five sporting categories: Soccer, Basketball, Volleyball, Kickball and Track-and-Field.
In the soccer version on Friday, the final brought neck-to-neck the William V.S. Tubman Teachers College and Sinje Technical College in a great soccer showdown that ended goalless after seventy minutes of play. The two teams then went into a post-match penalty shootout that saw Teachers College lifting the gigantic trophy with a 4-2 win over Sinje Technical College.
The College of Engineering clinched the basketball trophy after defeating the University’s oldest college, Liberia College in the day’s earlier match. In volleyball, Agriculture College crushed the Pen Pushers of Teachers College, while the soil girls of Agriculture College walloped the technical girls of Sinje in the kickball version. Sinje on the other hand walked away with the trophy for track- and-field.
Speaking in a special interview with UL relations after the games, UL’s Director of sports, Kadalah Kromah described the staging of the games as exciting and fruitful, saying, “The games have always been organized by the sports Department to spot players for the Varsity Teams: Football, Basketball, Volleyball and Kickball teams of the University of Liberia. “We specifically have these competitions to enable us select the various varsity teams.”
Director Kromah added that the events also serve as a bridge to entertain and unite the students on campus, “Every institution has sports as a means of entertainment; as a means of the students coming together to know one another.”
Adding, “This year’s tournament was specifically organized to spot and prepare the UL’s Varsity teams for the upcoming UL-Cuttington Meet, which is expected to be held soon. Dr. Weeks is very impressed and interested in the pending
UL-Cuttington and other universities’ games, and so we are doing everything to have the teams ready.”
Meanwhile, Director Kromah has disclosed that his department was able to spot players for the various varsity teams during the tournament. He said twenty young and talented players were spotted for the soccer team of the university.
Director Kromah has at the same time revealed plans to have both male and female teams for the different categories of sports being practiced at the University of Liberia. He said having female teams for soccer; volleyball, track and field and basketball will bring more enthusiasm to the games.
“If we want to participate in tournaments with other universities in the future, we have to have these teams”, he noted.
The one-time Lone Star of Liberia coach now director of sports at the University of Liberia said he sees the just ended tournament as a foundation for the commencement of a new university sporting arena, stating that he hopes to see the UL again making name in International universities’ tournaments.
“We played against the Universities of Ivory coast, Ghana and others, and the results were very good for the University of Liberia, so we need more support in order to get on track again,” he concluded.