Simon Utebor, Yenagoa
Thirty-Two teams in Ogbia Local Government Area of Bayelsa State are expected to participate in the Governor Seriake Dickson Unity Football Cup.
The tournament tagged ‘The Ogbia Challenge’ sponsored by the leaders of Ogbia LGA led by the Commissioner for Information and Orientation, Daniel Iworiso-Markson, is to be competed for by teams representing communities from Ogbia Kingdom.
Speaking at a press conference in Yenagoa on Thursday, Iworiso-Markson said the tournament is aimed at uniting youths in the kingdom.
Iworiso-Markson said, “The tournament will be used as a unifying force and to promote and discover new talents that will contribute to the football growth of Ogbia and Bayelsa State at large.
“We have also invited football scouts and legends to support the tournament. It is our intention to discover stars that can ply their football profession not only in Nigeria but in other countries.”
Most of the speakers at the unveiling of the tournament’s mascot, including the Ogbia caretaker chairperson, Naomi Goli; Commissioner of Power, Chief Jim Ogbolo; and the Paramount Ruler of Ogbia Kingdom, King Charles Owaba, commended the organiser of the tournament.
The Ogbia monarch, represented by Chief Jonny Jonny, noted that the tournament would place the kingdom in the forefront of sports in the state.
Consultants and coordinators of the competition, Mr. Lawrence Alabrah and Chief Emma Ekpokoba, said 32 teams would compete in two phases and top qualifiers would meet at the quarterfinals.
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