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Saturday, 28 Oct 2017 16:02 EATabdirahmancajab@gmail.com
Wajir-based clubs Al-Ansar and Manchester met in a final match for the Wajir Peace Tournament, with the former trouncing Manchester 4-3 in penalties after the 90-minute game ended in a 1-1 draw.
The thrilling match at the Wajir Stadium was attended by a mammoth crowd including businessmen, national government and Wajir County Government officials, security officials and other dignitaries.
The victorious Al-Ansar is a famous football club here in Wajir, holding top records from local competitions since its formation in 1996. It currently has more than 100 players from both the senior and junior teams.
In attendance at the match were the well-known businessman and member of the Jubliee Party strategy team in Wajir Siyad Patni, Wajir Administration Police commander Mohamed Sheik, County police commander Mr Nyatich and Wajir Good Governance Initiative CEO Hashim Elmoge, together with other county security team leaders.
Mr Sheikh, the county AP commander, urged the players to keep peace and shun bad company, noting that sports can provide a good avenue for them to interact productively with people beyond their localities. He also urged the youth to report to the authorities "any suspicious characters" they may come across.
Likewise, Mr Nyatich, the Police county Commander, said peace was the foundation of economic development that all the people of Wajir and Kenyans at large aspire for. "Let football be the key agenda that will unite your interests in these clubs, and let us all maintain peace," he said.
Mr Elmoge, the good governance activist, urged the county government through chief officer gender and sports to provide resources and training for the football clubs in Wajir County.
He urged the footballers to develop football culture in the county. He said as an activist team in the county we will support all your agendas but that comes through your unity.
On his part, Mr Siyad Patni, who was the Guest of Honour at the event, congratulated the two finalists, Al-Ansar and Manchester, and thanked the Wajir branch of Football Kenya Federation which organized the Wajir Peace Tournament.
The businessman also thanked to the security team for supporting football teams. Mr Siyad, who has previously sponsored football tournaments in the region, including the “Siyad Tournament” held last year, promised that he will continue his sponsorship for sports in the region and promised to restart the Siyad Tournament this year.
He urged the youth to take sports seriously both for recreation and as a career. "Through football, you can earn a living and today in fact, in places like Europe footballers are among the highest paid workers."
The businessman urged the youngsters to avoid drugs and bad company. He urged the people to always work with security team in the county to maintain peace. He said his main in sponsoring his tonourment is to fight radicalization and drug among the vulnerable youth demographic.
Abdirahman Rashid Farah is a contributing reporter for the Kenya Free Press based in Wajir County