By John Ndu
Ogbunike (Oyi LGA), Jan. 14, 2021 (MOI) A Senior Special Assistant (SSA) to Governor on Transportation, Samuel Odinye, bankrolled the recently concluded 4th edition of Ifite Unity Cup Football Tournament.
The tournament, an annual event initiated by Odinye was aimed at uniting the youths of the area and properly engaging them during the last Yuletide season.
The tournament was held ay the soccer pitch of Okolo Mesike Community Primary School, Ifite Ogbunike, Oyi Local Government Area (LGA), Anambra State.
The 2020 edition of the event had since been concluded.
The tournament was dedicated to wife of the governor, Mrs Ebelechukwu Obiano, who hailed from Ogbunike.
The tournament, tagged “Egwu bu Egwu 2020’’ was also to promote peace and showcase the giant development strides of Gov. Willie Obiano Administration through football.
Onyema kindred of Ifite Ogbunike won the tournament through penalty kicks against Ogbuefi kindred as the game did not produce a clear winner within regulation time. Adagbe Kindred was placed third.
Mr Odinye, while expressing delight at the games, explained that Mrs Obiano coincidentally hailed from Onyema Kindred that emerged victorious.
He said that the tournament was aimed at unifying the kindred in the town and helped to engage youths of the community for proper mentorship and direction.
The sponsor commended Gov. Obiano and his wife for their lofty programmes and policies, geared toward projecting the state to global recognition as well as for investing in human capital development.
A Community stakeholder, Prof. Chinedu Onuorah told the youths to always call on public-spirited individuals from the community whenever they were faced with difficulty, urging political appointees to emulate Odinye’s footsteps in close interaction at the grassroots.
Special Assistant to the governor, attached to the Office of the Secretary to Government, Anthony Uyienu commended Odinye for harking to the plea by the youths to sponsor the event.
Chairman of the organising committee of the games, Ifeanyi Onyekwe expressed happiness and praying to God to continue to bless Odinye to enable him to host the 5th edition of the tournament.
Captain of Onyema kindred team, Chukwuemeka Mozie and his Ogbuefi Kindred counterpart, Ikechukwu Ifediora acknowledged that the competition was a brotherly event.
Trophies were presented to the winners at the end of the tournament. (MOI)