Department of Geological Engineering Retains Vice Chancellor’s Challenge Cup

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Prof Temeng Presenting a Gold Medal to the Captian of the Winning Team
Prof Temeng Presenting a Gold Medal to the Captian of the Winning Team

The 7th Vice Chancellor’s Challenge Cup of the University of Mines and Technology has successfully taken place at the UMaT Sports Center. The competition which was held over two days featured 19 participating teams from three different categories. These were the Female category, the Staff/Sponsors category and the Male students’ category.  The final match was played between the Department of Environmental and Safety Engineering and the Department of Geological Engineering, who were the defending champions and after some wonderful display of soccer during regulation time, the game ended with a draw. The Department of Geological Engineering won the day on penalties with a 6-5 score in their favour. This was the first time in the history of the Vice Chancellor’s Challenge Cup that a defending champion retained the Cup.

Addressing the participating teams before kickoff, the Pro Vice Chancellor, Assoc Prof V. A. Temeng thanked all teams for taking part in the competition. He expressed his happiness for the efforts of all stakeholders in helping to stage the competition successfully for the 6th time and thanked all for making the competition to be sustainable. He told the participating teams that it was an opportunity for them to create a shared space and experience and also to inculcate in them the values of selflessness, determination, endurance and patriotism as well as to help build esteem, leadership skills and the spirit of community relations and oneness.

Assoc Prof Temeng expressed satisfaction and thanked the Vice Chancellor’s Challenge Cup Committee for organising a successful event for the seventh time. He also thanked all the sponsors for making the event possible by donating in cash and in kind. The sponsors for this year’s event were Fidelity Bank, Access Bank PLC, Ntico Construction and Ventures Limited, So Nice Drinking Water and Ransbert Supplies. He was hopeful that the sponsors would continue to work with the University to organise the event annually so as to strengthen the relationship between the University and the companies.

The Winners Displaying their Trophy
The Winners Displaying their Trophy

This year the female category had three teams made up of students from the Tarkwa Midwifery School, Faculty of Engineering (FoE) Ladies and Faculty of Mineral Resource Technology (FMRT) Ladies. After an all-play-all game between the ladies, the Tarkwa Midwifery won the day beating FoE Ladies 2 nil. They took a trophy, medals and a cash award. The FoE Ladies who were the runners-up also received a consolation cash prize and medals.

The individual awards were as follows: the top scorer award for the Male Students’ category went to Amos Asante of the Department of Mechanical Engineering whilst the most valuable player award went to Sufyn Mumin of the Department of Environmental and Safety Engineering. The best player for the Staff/Sponsors category went to Mr Isaac Dadzie of the Junior Staff team. With the Female Students’ category, Miss Mavis Hanson and Miss Abigail Gyamfi of the Tarkwa Midwifery School emerged as the most valuable player and top scorer respectively. They all received a cash price and a trophy each. The fair play team award went to the Department of Mechanical Engineering. This year too, the Technical Committee recognised and awarded the man and woman of each match played with a bottle of Champaign.

This year, the Staff/Sponsors category had a team from the Ghana Police Service in place of Ghana Manganese Company (GMC), who due to some challenges the Company had could not participate in the tournament. The rest were the Junior Staff of UMaT, the Banks and the Senior Member/Senior Staff of UMaT. The Junior Staff of UMaT and the Banks played in the finals. The Junior Staff of UMaT won the match on penalties. They took home a trophy and a cash prize.

The Male Students’ Category had 12 teams from 11 departments and the School of Postgraduate Studies (SPS) of the University. The runners up were decorated with Silver medals and a cash award. The officiating Officials were also decorated with Gold medals by the Pro Vice Chancellor.

The Pro Vice Chancellor, Assoc Prof Temeng in his closing remarks thanked all the participating teams, Officiating Officials, the medical team, staff and students present and the Organising Committee for doing a great job and ensuring that the event ended successfully without any hitch. He then decorated the Department of Geological Engineering team with Gold medals and presented the ultimate cash award of GH₵2,000.00.

Source: Paul Y. A. Yeboah, Head, University Relations Office

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