Mamobi emerged winners of the 2018 edition of the Sheikh Sharubutu Ramadan Cup after handing Madina a 2-1 defeat in the finals over the weekend.Mamobi lifted the trophy in a dramatic fashion after coming back from a goal down to score two late goals to lift the title.Madina, who lifted the trophy last year were hoping to win it for the second time and they looked on course to retain their trophy after taking the lead deep into the game. Mamobi, however, staged a late comeback with two quick goals to the admiration of all including the watching National Chief Imam, Sheikh Osman Nuhu Sharubutu.With some few minutes to end the match, Mamobi equalized and as the game appeared to be heading for the penalty shootout, Mamobi snatched a dramatic late winner to spark wild celebrations from their supporters.The journey to the finals was a tough one for both sides as they had to overcome tough opponents. Madina tough sides Nima, New Town and their neighbours Ashale Botwe to reach the finals. Mamobi also eliminated Shukura in the preliminary stage, Nungua Zongo in the quarterfinals before knocking Alajo out in the semi semifinals each the finals.The Sheikh Sharubutu Ramadan Cup, which started in 2015, is organized by Crisp Communications under the auspices of the National Chief Imam. It brings together Zongo communities to celebrate the successful end of Ramadan every yearThe competition is also aimed at promoting friendship, discipline and unity among the youth of the various Zongo communities through football.Sixteen Zongo Communities from three regions of Ghana participated in this year’s edition. They were: Alajo, Ashaiman, Ashale Botwe, Darkuman, Fadama, Kasoa, Koforidua Zongo, Madina (defending champions), Mamobi, Accra New Town, Nima, Nsawam Zongo, Nungua Zongo, Sabon Zongo, Shukura and Tudu.The rise of the competition has been meteoric in three years after it started with only eight communities in 2015. The Royal Bank, for the third successive time, was the headline sponsor. Other supporting sponsors were Multi Pac Ghana Limited (producers of Perla Natural Mineral Water and 5 Star Energy Drink), Nasco Electronics, Ashfoam Ghana Limited, Afro Arab Group, and Holiday Inn Hotel.
A ruling that should have established as to whether the Commercial Court at the Temple of Justice has the legal backing to hear cases involving millions of United States dollars against the government prior to its establishment in 2010, remains undecided. The controversy came about in a US$10.7 million vehicle debt case levied against the Liberian government by lawyers representing Prestige and Alliance Motor Corporation, owned by Lebanese businessman, George Haddad. State lawyers have argued that the court does not have the jurisdiction to hear the case. The Commercial Court was established by legislation in 2010 as a specialized court to provide efficient and effective resolution in commercial cases throughout the country. Despite the lack of jurisdiction argument, the court has demanded lawyers on the case to submit a five-page “proposed ruling,” which lawyers told the Daily Observer they have done. However, the court is yet to carry out its decision into the matter, which legal experts described as “very delicate.” According to one legal expert, “If the court agrees, it will give more business people that the government owed in the millions of United States dollars the opportunity to take similar action to collect their debt through the court.” Sherman and Sherman Law Firm represents Prestige and Alliance Motor Corporation. The firm filed an “Action of Debt” against the Liberian government for allegedly crediting a fleet of vehicles from 2003 to 2006, totaling over US$10.7 million, which the government has failed to settle. Besides the cars, the lawyers also alleged that the company provided spare parts during the transactions with the government, and has subsequently asked the court to give their client justice. In a counter argument, state lawyers admitted owing the Lebanese businessman, but are arguing that the court lacks jurisdiction to hear the matter.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)