Department of Environmental and Safety Engineering are Winners of the  5th Vice Chancellor’s Challenge Cup

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Prof Temeng Presenting the Trophy to the Captain of the Winners
Prof Temeng Presenting the Trophy to the Captain of the Winners
The University of Mines and Technology (UMaT), Tarkwa has successfully organised the 5th Vice Chancellor’s Challenge Cup which was held over two days at the UMaT Sports Centre with the Department of Environmental and Safety Engineering emerging as winners. 
Addressing the participating teams and the invited guests to the opening ceremony, the Vice Chancellor, Prof J. S. Y. Kuma expressed his appreciation to all teams for taking part in the competition. He informed the gathering that the Vice Chancellor’s Challenge Cup was an annual event organised to bring members of the University Community together with their stakeholders including the banks and the mining companies with the aim of promoting a greater sense of community between the University and its stakeholders. It was also to create a shared space and experience to inculcate in the participating teams the values of selflessness, determination, endurance and patriotism as well as help build esteem, leadership skills and the spirit of community relations in them. 
Prof Kuma Addressing the Teams
Prof Kuma Addressing the Teams
Prof Kuma expressed satisfaction and thanks to the Committee organising a successful event. 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 are Ghana Manganese Company Limited, the headline sponsors, Fidelity Bank, Ghana Commercial Bank, Ntico Construction Limited, So Nice Drinking Water, Gold Coast Securities, Toyota Ghana Limited, Ransbert Supplies and Franko Trading Enterprise. He requested the sponsors to continue to partner the University in organising the annual event so as to strengthen the relationship between the University and them. Prof Kuma also thanked all participating teams for showing commitment towards the event and encouraged them to keep it up. He also urged the referees for put up a good show and encouraged them to be fair and firm in their judgements to all the teams.
The competition was organised in three different categories. These were the Female category, the Staff/sponsors category and the Male students’ category. This year the female category had four teams made up of students from the Tarkwa Midwifery School, UMaT female staff, Faculty of Engineering (FoE) Ladies and Faculty of Mineral Resource Technology (FMRT) Ladies. The Tarkwa Midwifery School ladies beat the UMaT Ladies to get to the finals whilst the FoE ladies also beat the FMRT ladies to get to the finals.  The Tarkwa Midwifery School ladies however drew 1-1 with the FoE ladies during regulation time. The Tarkwa Midwifery School ladies won the game on penalties after beating the FoE ladies to take a trophy, medals and cash award. The runners-up also received a consolation cash award and medals.
The individual awards were as follows: The goal king for the male students’ category went to Sam Ishmael from the Department of Renewable Energy Engineering. He had 2 goals to his credit. The most valuable player for the student category went to Ntow K. Ampong from the Department of Environmental and Safety Engineering. The best player for the staff category went to Mr Edward Yin of the UMaT Senior staff/Senior Member team. The best player in the female category went to Miss Esther Aba Konduah from the Tarkwa Midwifery School ladies. They all received a mobile phone each donated by Franko Trading Enterprise.
The staff category teams were the Junior Staff of UMaT, Ghana Manganese Company (GMC) staff, the Banks and the Senior Staff/Senior Members of UMaT. The Senior Staff/Senior Members of UMaT and GMC staff played at the finals.  GMC staff won the match after scoring 2 goals. They took away a trophy and a cash award. 
The Male students’ category had 12 teams from 11 departments and the School of Postgraduate Studies (SGS) of the University. After a great show of soccer among the teams, Departments of Environmental and Safety Engineering and Department of Mathematical Sciences met at the finals. After drawing 0-0, Environmental and Safety Engineering beat Mathematics on penalties. The runners-up were decorated with silver medals and a cash award. The Pro Vice Chancellor, Assoc Prof V. A. Temeng on behalf of the Vice Chancellor thanked all the participating teams for ensuring that the competition ended without any challenges. He decorated the Department of Environmental and Safety Engineering with the gold medals and presented the ultimate cash award of GH¢2,000.00 to them. The referees were also decorated by the Pro Vice Chancellor.
Source: Paul Y.A. Yeboah, Assistant Registrar (University Relations Office) 
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