By Douglas Okoro
Mr Eni-Uduma Chima, the Chairman, Afikpo South Local Government Area of Ebonyi, has pressured the necessity to use sports activities to advertise peace, love and brotherhood, particularly amongst individuals dwelling within the rural communities.
Chima spoke on Sunday at Ekoli Ukwu neighborhood in Edda, Afikpo South Local Government Area, on the grand finale of the Ekoli Ukwu Unity Football Competition.
According to him, sports activities, particularly soccer competitors serves as a uniting issue which offers individuals the platform to come back collectively, affiliate and create a typical bond that might be harnessed to advertise unity amongst individuals from totally different socio-cultural backgrounds.
He mentioned that the Ekoli Ukwu Unity Football event which started some 28 years in the past, had offered a platform to foster unity, peace, love and oneness among the many 24 villages that make up the neighborhood.
He mentioned that the event had served as a supply of expertise discovery, noting that many hidden soccer abilities had been found by means of the soccer occasion.
“The soccer event is what each indigene of Ekoli Ukwu appears to be like ahead to each December of yearly and it has helped in discovering many soccer abilities from the world.
“Every village in the neighborhood participates on this epoch making competitors, which has grown from good to raised and has endured for 28 years because it was inaugurated.
“The football event is a uniting force which has provided a platform for our people to come together in love, in unity and in peace, irrespective of economic or social status, ” Chima mentioned.
Chima, the only real sponsor of the soccer competitors since 2007, recommended the soccer groups for his or her peaceable conduct through the 13-day soccer occasion and extolled the organisational dexterity of the organising committee.
”There was no disaster through the 13-day competitors that began Monday, Dec 25, 2017; all collaborating groups and match officers performed themselves correctly and we commend additionally spectators for orderly comportment through the occasion,” he added.
The chairman assured the individuals of the world of presidency’s dedication to the event of sports activities, particularly the sport of soccer and promised to improve the soccer area to a mini-stadium with fashionable sporting amenities.
The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) studies that Nkabugo Football workforce defeated Umunna Football Four-Three after a penalty shootout, because the match ended goalless on regulation time.
NAN additionally studies that the winner of the event acquired a money prize of N200, 000 whereas the primary and second runners-up acquired N150,000 and N100,000 respectively.
The greatest behaved workforce, highest purpose scorer, greatest officiating referee acquired N10,000 every.
The spotlight of the grand finale was the hand-over of the enormous trophy by the native authorities chairmen to the brand new champions.