The esteemed and eagerly awaited Wale Okediran’s Cup has made its triumphant return after a long hiatus. Hopes ran high among Ifumsites for a riveting spectacle, but alas, the event is unfolding in a rather unusual way with a noticeable absence of many participating classes. What transpired? Join us as we try to unravel the conundrum!
The tournament was set to begin with three key quarter-final matches. Stalwarts, Excelsiors, were eager to secure spots in the semifinals against the best loser. Meanwhile, Exypnos, the Seasoned Old Part 4 class, squared off against the formidable Tenacious, and Magna Medicos squared up against Unicos Medicos in what were supposed to be thrilling clashes.
Unexpectedly, Tenacious conceded first, giving Exypnos a surprise spot in the semifinals. The first match was unexciting, and fans anticipated a thrilling Magna vs. Unicus match. But, like the previous match, it ended in a walkover, as Unicus class members failed to show up.
Cupid, in his role as coach and the association’s Director of Sports (DOS) weighed in on the unfolding events and stressed the importance of following the Wale Okediran (WO) football competition rules. He highlighted the event’s historical significance in the annual health week festivities. Despite the challenges posed by the medical school calendar, meticulous planning ensured all classes’ participation in this year’s WO.
In his words “Since time immemorial, the WO football competition has been part of the health week. So there was no reason for it to be different this time around. As we all know, it is difficult for every class to be in session at all times due to the differences and peculiarity of the medical school calendar. However, putting this in mind, plans were made to ensure every class participated in this year WO.“
The absence of the Tenacious and Unicos classes from their respective fixtures, according to Cupid, was a circumstance beyond the control of any single entity. He hinted that these classes had solid reasons for their non-participation, emphasizing the importance of respecting these circumstances, which were presumably beyond their control.
We also reached out to the coach of Tenacious, Olatunji. But he was unwilling to give a statement.
Joey, the Unicos team’s coach, lamented the unfortunate situation. He believed it resulted from students living in the school’s hostels with no other housing options in Ife. This logistical constraint, he argued, prevented many of their students from traveling for the competition. In his words:
“Most of our players stay in school hostels, and they don’t have anywhere to stay for now. So most of them couldn’t come to Ife because of the match. It’s just sad, really, and we hope for a better schedule next time.“
Dr. Strange, representing Magna Medicos, expressed both joy and dissatisfaction with the event’s scheduling. Dr. Strange blamed the university administration largely for the predicament.
In his words: “Oh, we definitely got a lucky win. I know we would have put up a fight, but I’m glad we got a chance to train with our new DE students before an official match. It’s too bad that the scheduling kinda put a dent in what would have been an awesome competition,
I blame Oau and the 3 years break they decided to give us. “
Decoding the Wale Okediran’s Cup Rules: What You Need to Know
As per undisclosed sources, the Sports Committee carefully planned the Wale Okediran’s cup schedule around the students’ academic calendar. They aimed to start on October 27th, aligning with the academic calendar and culminating during the health week.
However, unforeseen issues, like protests and accommodation problems, arose closer to the chosen date. A meeting was convened, and affected teams unanimously agreed to use the walkover option, favoring Exypnos and Magna’s progression.
Yet, the true crux of the matter revealed itself in the context of the semifinal clash between Stalwarts and Excelsiors. Originally slated for a Friday, the fixture faced an untimely rescheduling due to part 6 members’ academic commitments in the form of impending exams.
Herein lay the quandary: the impending final had to be staged on the following Friday. But the Stalwarts class resolutely declared their unavailability to play on a weekday. Their decision stemmed from the logistical challenges posed by the dispersion of their class members across various locations. They only have the weekends to train.
In the face of this dilemma, Stalwarts fervently implored for a walkover against their rivals, the Excelsiors. Nonetheless, this request encountered resistance from part 6 class members, fomenting a discord among the involved parties. But can we truly Blame the Excelsiors? As participants, they lack the authority to single-handedly sway the tournament’s rules, just like other teams who opted for walkovers.
To address the impasse, committee members conducted a poll in the name of transparency, and the majority voted in favor of rescheduling the finals. This decision, however, provoked the ire of part 5 members, as it disrupted a longstanding tradition wherein the final match inaugurated the health week. This also incited preclinical classes, who had chosen walkovers for identical reasons. In the midst of these complexities, who cast their votes in favor of rescheduling?
Adding an element of intrigue, a screenshot surfaced within IFUMSA’s public WhatsApp group, featuring a cryptic statement from Cupid, the Director of Sports (DOS). The image hinted that the ultimate authority transcended his control. This begs a fundamental question: who wields the levers of influence within the organization? Were the poll results swayed by those advocating rescheduling? Does the DOS not possess the unilateral power to make pivotal decisions? The complex dynamics of power within the association now beckon for scrutiny and exploration.
Charting the Path Forward
Amidst these complex decisions and power dynamics, it’s evident that the Wale Okediran’s Cup, like any event, grapples with challenges and uncertainties.
The question of who wields influence lingers, casting a shadow of uncertainty over the upcoming Friday. Will it be the final or semifinal that takes center stage? Will the organization adhere to its longstanding tradition, or are we on the cusp of a forcible change? What indeed is the path forward?
The recent events and walkovers expose IFUMSA’s strengths and weaknesses. And as move ahead, we hope for lessons learned, enabling the organization to flourish while fostering an inclusive environment for all members.