The Annual Kwara State Internal Revenue Service (KW-IRS) End of Year Sports Festival ended today Thursday, 14th December 2023 with Legal and Compliance Team emerging winner of this year’s soccer competition after sparring it out squarely with their counterpart, Accounts and Finance Team.
Legal and Compliance Team emerged victorious after an outstanding performance to win the grand prize. Both teams dominated the first half session of the tough encounter but could not find the back of the net as the defense stood tall, canceling out all half chances to end the opening quarter in a goalless draw.
The second half opened with much action in the box as both teams came out with much determination to win the gold medal. The sturdy defense of team Accounts and Finance was wrecked in the opening parts of the second half as talisman Usman Aberi pulled a lone strike to beat his opposing goalkeeper. The strike was enough for Aberi’s team to claim the title of this year’s edition of the KW-IRS End-of-Year Soccer Game as the match ended 1-0 in favour of Legal and Compliance Team.
The finale of the soccer game held at the Trillium school sports facility at Irewolede road, Ilorin, Kwara State, did not fall short of cheerful spectators comprised of KW-IRS top management team and staff, stakeholders, sports lovers, friends of KW-IRS in and outside the State.
KW-IRS annual sports competition has not ceased to be a source of unity and an avenue for staff of the Service to come together under various teams to compete healthily, fairly and celebrate the long work relationship.
This year’s sports festival started on Tuesday, 21st November, 2023, featuring a variety of sports such as soccer, scrabble, chess, classical board game (ayo olopon), volleyball, and table tennis.
In the table tennis category, Toyin Lawal defeated his energetic opponent Usman Aberi to win the gold medal in the male category, while Nafisat Lawal overpowered Susan Ibigbami and her peers to clinch the gold medal in the female category of the table tennis game.
In the Scrabble game set, Saidu Musa and Olanike Ayeni emerged as gold medalists for both male and female categories of the competition respectively.
The Classical Board Game (ayo Olopon) category, had Bolarin Ibidamitan defeated Isaac Adedeji and coasted home gold medal in the male sets, and Kikelomo Oyelere emerged champion in the female sets; while in the volleyball category game, Team Ojulari snatched their bragging right having defeated Team Amasa in the keenly contested match-up. Sunday Olaniran won gold in the Chess board game to close the board game contest.
The Executive Chairman, KW-IRS, Shade Omoniyi, represented by the Director, Accounts and Finance, Omolara Ojulari in her remarks commended staff that participated in the annual end of year games for their devotion to the Service and for trooping out in the spirit of sportsmanship to compete fairly in the year 2023 edition of the games.
Shade Omoniyi congratulated the winners of the competition and encouraged all to continue to embrace love, unity, and collaboration, typified in the spirit of sportsmanship.
Highlights of the End of Year games, which had in attendance, the Executive Chairman, KW-IRS, Shade Omoniyi, ably represented by Director, Accounts and Finance, Omolara Ojulari, Director, Income Tax, Mohammed Usman, other top Management team and staff of the Service, included presentation of medals to winners of the various games, the most valuable players from each game, and runner-ups of the competitions.
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