Mudiaga Affe, Calabar
Nkonib United of Ikot Ansa (ward eight) on Sunday won the North-West Petroleum Youth Soccer tournament following their 2-1 victory over Ishie Pillars of ward six at the Ishie ‘Maracana’ Stadium in Calabar.
Ten teams from the 10 wards of Calabar Municipality Local Government Area of Cross River State participated in the event.
Nkonib carted home the trophy and N250, 000 prize money for their efforts.
The final, watched by a capacity crowd including political dignitaries and royal fathers, witnessed soccer fireworks from the two neighbouring communities with age-long rivalry in the game.
Speaking after the match, a representative of North-West Petroleum and Gas Company, Mr. Odame David, who stood in for Chief Executive Officer, Dame Winifred Akpani, revealed that the tournament was aimed at providing a platform for young players to showcase their skills.
He noted that it was part of the Corporate Social Responsibility of the organisation to its host communities.
David said plans were on to expand the scope of the fiesta in subsequent editions, given the success recorded since its inception last year.
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