Imo State Governor Rochas Okorocha and Minister of Sports, Solomon Dalung were among the dignitaries at the grand finale of Kingsley Uju Unity Cup, played at the Dan Anyiam Stadium, Owerri, Sunday January 15, 2017.
The tournament organized for the youths of Niger Delta region ended, with team Egbema Ward A, emerging winner of the competition.
The final match was between Egbema Ward A and Oguta Ward A, and ended 2 goals to nothing in favour of Egbema Ward A.
Indigenes of both communities including their representatives at the Imo House of Assembly came en masse and cheered their teams while the match lasted.
Speaking to newsmen shortly after the match, the sponsor of the tournament, Engr Kingsley Uju noted that the competition was in honour of the peace the people of Niger Delta regions are now enjoying, which he attributed to Governor Okorocha’s amnesty programme.
Engr Uju who is the Deputy Chief of Staff, Operations to Imo State Governor, was particularly grateful to the organizers of the tournament for maintaining a level playing ground throughout the competition.
While investing hope that the competition will be sustained, Engr Uju made a revelation that six of the players would undergo trial in Europe even as he said that plans have been concluded to raise the tournament to a professional status.
Earlier, representatives of Seplat and Shell Petroleum expressed delight that football talents abound in the oil rich region and made a donation of four set of jersey for each team that participated in the competition.
Hon. Emma Orie of Ohaji Egbema State Constituency and his Oguta counterpart, Hon. Uzoma Edeziaro donated two buses to the 1st and 2nd positions respectively.
Cash donations and certificates were given to teams, referees and players for their outstanding performances.