Niger Delta youths football competition kicks off

2009-09-24

A football competition aimed at uniting Niger Delta youths residing in the South-West of Nigeria kicked off weekend at various centres in Lagos.

The competition being sponsored by Coordinator of Ijaw Monitoring Group, Comrade Joseph Evah, is part of the Human Rights activist's initiative to promote unity and healthy competition among the youths of the oil-rich region.

The competition is to hold at some selected cities in the South-West, including Lagos-Island, Ikorodu, Badagry, Epe, Ikeja in Lagos; Ibadan, Ijebu-Ode, Sagamu, Osogbo, Ogbomosho, Abeokuta, Ilesha, Ile-Ife, Oyo and Otta.

The group stages will see each team playing four matches, with the first two sides from the groups berthing in the decisive knockout phase. Matches played at the weekend, saw Ojo defeating Badagry 4-1 in their zone, while Kirikiri defeated Festac Town all in the Lagos mainland.

Speaking on the success of the competition so far, Coach Amos Wolo said several talents will play greater roles in Nigeria and international football in future".

Wolo who is also the Chief Coach of Ijaw Youths Development Association football club expressed joy that other ethnic groups in the Niger Delta appreciate the fact that the competition will further unite Niger Delta youths in the South-West. He urged other Niger Delta leaders to emulate the initiative of Comrade Evah by sponsoring the region's youths in worthy ventures and sports competitions as this.

 

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