Sunday, 2 August 2015

Jubilation Galore as Anambra State-Born Blogger Empowers Youths Through Sports

There was an uncommon joy and exhilaration at Abagana, the headquarters of Njikoka Local Government Area of Anambra on Friday as an illustrious son of the soil and Publisher of [post_ad], Rotr. Ifeanyi Aniagor hosted an annual football tournament first in the history of the community.

Tagged “2015 Youth Unity Cup”, the soccer competition was played for three months among the 10 units in Abagana ward 1, while the grand finale took place at 3pm at Udoeke Primary School Playground, opposite St John’s Church, Abagana, during which Ezi-ube FC defeated Ofenochi to clinch victory in a lone goal scored by Mr. Arinze Okanu, who doubles as the highest goal scorer (having scored 9 goals in the tournament).

Rotarian Ifeanyi Aniagor

Speaking to the, the host, Rotarian Anigor disclosed that the purpose of the 5-a-side tournament is to drive home the governor’s resolve to re-orientate and empower our youths, encourage the spirit of 'fair play' as well as promote unity amongst the youths.

“The initiative of carrying out this kind of tournament was put forward by the members of UAYA (Abagana Ward 1 Chapter) in a special request to Rtn Ifeanyi Aniagoh who donated the Trophy. I am the sponsor. This is meant to create enabling environment for youths to discover and nurture their talents. To unite youths in one voice, empower and help them to actualise their respective dreams.

“Recall that His Excellency, Gov. Obiano is keen to develop and empower youths in all his four wheels enablers with a view to keeping them away from crimes often necessitated by idleness and joblessness, as well as to create wealth. This is one of the projects I am using to key the youths in my countryhome into the various development projects of our governor…By next year I will embark on the much better one for all the youths in Njikoka LGA including the females”.
He noted that the event was widely applauded as one of the merits of Gov Willie Obiano’s style of governance which favours the appointment of young people into political positions, and first of its kind in Abagana and first in the history of United Anambra Youth Assembly (UAYA).

In an address, the Anambra State Commissioner for Youths and Sports, Ogbuefi Tony Nnacheta said that Anambra is gradually returning to its pride in the sports, especially among youths and schools, and encouraged youngsters to key into it.

On his part, the Chairman on the occasion, Chief Olisa Aniuno described the tournament as grassroot football event geared towards discovering talented footballers in the hinterland, noting that if given opportunity to pilot the state FA, that he will revive and encourage similar gesture in all the 21 council areas in the state, and ensure that at least a LGA has a football club where best players would be nurtured and send abroad for further training and playing for the state.

Speaking in an interview, Governor Willie Obiano’s Special Assistant on Media, Emeka Ozumba while stressing that grassroots football event will contribute immensely in assisting the state governor on his resolve to totally eliminate crimes and youth restiveness in the state, even as he urged other well meaning Anambrarians to emulate the kind gesture for development of the state and her populace.
Among the dignitaries, who attended the event were the State and Local Government Officials, Anambra State Online Publishers, support organizations within and outside Anambra State, Religious Bodies, Football Stars and members of UAYA led by Comrade Chinedu Obidigwe, SA to Gov Obiano on Political Matters.

At the end, prizes of N50,000 was doled out to the Best Team, while the second and third best received N30,000 and N20,000 respectively; aside the N100,000 being dashed to the best team by Olisa Aniuno, even as the young talented football stars were given scholarship and absorption into the organiser’s personal football team, HFC.

Expressing gratitude to God, the Highest Goal scorer, Arinze Okaeme in an interview with thanked the organiser for creating the avenue for him to actualise his dream of being best footballer, and pledged to utilise his sporting talents and skills to Impacting the lives of his generation positively.



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