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Ngenevu FC Wins Maiden Utaka Cup

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The maiden edition of John Utaka-sponsored Grassroot Soccer Unity Cup has ended in Enugu, the coal city state with Ngenevu Football Club emerging winner after handing their opponent, Taylor| silver FC also of Enugu , 1-0.

Finals of the grassroot armature soccer competition, sponsored by the Enugu state born Portsmouth and Super Eagles striker, John Utaka, was played recently at the newly laid Artificial Turf stadium of Enugu campus of University of Nigeria, Enugu  campus (UNEC) in the state capital, Enugu.

The encounter, watched by hundreds of soccer fans also attracted some football loving personalities including the state Commissioner for Sports, Mr. Martin Idu, as well as mother of the international football star, Mrs. Roseline Utaka.  Speaking on behalf of his brother at the ceremony, elder brother to John, Ndubuisi Utaka, explained that the foreign-based player decided to sponsor the grassroot soccer tournament as part of his contribution towards keeping youths of the area busy and away from social ill since “ an idle mind is always the Devil’s workshop.”

According to the senior Utaka, the well organised competition, gulped over N5 million naira, 1 million went to the winners, while runners up got N .5 million, and  the 3rd placed competitors received N2 million.

John Utaka, he assured, is committed in promoting grass root soccer in the state and country in general, saying the Super Eagles striker, who hails from Udi local government Area of Enugu State intends making the competition an annual event.

Expressing his feelings to Sports Writers shortly after the end of the match, Enugu state commissioner for sports, Mr. Matthew Idu applauded the sponsor for his initiative, saying it falls in line with his philosophy of harnessing grass root talents.

He promised that his ministry would always encourage such developments at all times, calling on other foreign-based Nigerian players to emulate the good example of the Portsmouth striker, describing it as the best way to promote football in the country .

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Terony Unity Cup Commences Soon In PH

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Terony Sports Foundation says arrangements have been concluded to commence Unity Cup 2022, at the end of this month.
According to the organizer of the football tournament, AminaTamuno, the registration that started December 2021will end next week Tuesday.
He said the competition was slated to take place at Number six field old Port Harcourt Township.
Tamuno explained that the competition will be on knock out bases, saying that the reason for the one month tournament was basically to foster the existing and unity in the area.
“We are organizing this tournament just to sustain the peace and unity we are enjoying.
Besides, will we use it to discover talents from the grassroots and groom them to stardom” Tamuno said.
He equally uses the forum to appeal to well-meaning individuals, corporation organizations and multi Nationals to Sports grassroots football Competitions so that talents will be discovered.

By: Tonye Orabere

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NWFL: Coach Wants Players To Put More Efforts

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The Head Coach of Rivers Angels FC of Port Harcourt Edwin Okon has tasks his (players) to do more if they want to qualify for the continental game.
He said that the Nigeria Women Football League (NWFL) is a strong one, adding that for them to make to super six they have to put in extra effort. .
Okon said this on Wednesday in his post-match interview with sports journalists shortly after his player whitewashed Abia Angels FC 4-0 in the match day four of the NWFL at the University of Port Harcourt Sports complex.
According to him, they need to put more effort to ensure that the team qualifies for Super six.
He thanked God for the victory, adding that they want to maintain their position in the league.
“First and foremost I want to thank God for the victory.
The league is a strong one but we want to maintain our position in the league.
We need to put in more effort in the game to ensure we keep to our task” Okon stated.
Despite the four goals scored the number one Female football Coach in the state, said that in every game there are mistakes adding, that he will still go back to the drawing board to perfect those grey area.
Also speaking the head coach of Abia Angels Ann Chiejine, blamed is goalkeeper for the loss, saying that she will go and do more of ball work.
“General my girls played well but we need to go back and do more of technical play,” Chiejine said.

By: Kiadum Edookor

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Open Trials ’ll Create Opportunities For Youths -Hon Wobo

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Port Harcourt based Football Club Sticmaclloyd, in partnership with 433 Football Agency of Ukraine, Germany football academy and Sports Mate 360 football academy of Poland says arrangements have been concluded to hold a two day Port Harcourt City Open Football Trials, between 17 to 24 years.
The open trials is slated to hold 29th -30th of this month at Sharks Football Stadium, Port Harcourt and expected to commence 6:00 am each day.
Speaking with Tidesports in an exclusive interview on Saturday, in Port Harcourt, the Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of Sticmaclloyd FC, Hon.Wobo I. Stanley, said the opening trials will create opportunity for talented footballers in the State to play in Europe.
According to Stanley, who was an ex international, selected players will also the have opportunity to enhance their football career in Germany, Poland, Ukraine and Italy.
“My club Sticmaclloyd Fc, is affiliated to 433 football agency, Germany, Poland and Ukraine football academies, besides, we have also signed Memorandum of Understanding ( MoU) haven fulfilled their requirements to ensure that selected players have good contract” Hon. Stanley said.
He further, revealed that players that will go to Poland will combine both studies and football.
“Our foreign representatives have already sent their coaches to do the selection” he stated.
Stanley uses the forum to advice youth in the State to come and show their talents.
“We are sure players that will participate in the trials that selection will be purely on merits. Players who did not make it this time can make it next time” he added.

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