Navy pledges support for grassroots sports in Niger Delta

In line with the FG’s intent to restrain youth and foster peace in the Niger Delta region, the Nigerian Navy, through the Commander of Naval Anti-Piracy Task Group, Commodore Idi Abbas, has pledged a steadfast support for grassroots sports in host communities.

This he made known during a friendly football match organized by the Navy in Port Harcourt on Monday.

The friendly match which was organized between personnel of the Nigerian Navy Ship (NNS) Pathfinder and Osklean Football Academy Rumuolumeni, ended in a draw.

Commodore Abbas disclosed that the aim of the football match was to improve fitness of troops; address youth restiveness and encourage peace in the host community.

According to The Nation, Commodore Abbas said “The NNS Pathfinder organised the football match to keep our personnel fit, knowing fully that it is only when the personnel are fit that they will effectively deliver on the job.

The other reason is to further foster that cordial relationship of officers and ratings of the base and the host communities”

“This is just the beginning and it is hoped that other games would be looked into with participation of the host community.”

By doing this, the naval base will get to know its host community and the community members will also get to know their own neighbors.”

In his speech, he mentioned plans to expand the games to accommodate other sporting events like; volleyball and basketball, saying that the base had excellent facilities to host future games. He further advised participants to use the game to polish up their skills, to enable them represent the country in future sporting events.

The Supreme Ruler of Rumuolumeni community, Eze Ndubueze Olumeni, applauded the Navy for organizing the friendly match with the host community. He said that the community members had always hoped to have a good rapport with the naval base since it came into the community 25 years ago.

“This is a naval base and not a civilian environment, and so, it has been difficult for our people to feel free to enter here for any activity.

We appreciate this type of event and hope that if we continue like this; our relationship will improve and everyone will be happy for it.” He said.

Akwa United FC of Uyo win AITEO Cup

On an exciting evening of football at the Agege Stadium, Lagos, 2015 champions of Nigeria’s oldest and biggest domestic competition, Akwa United FC of Uyo on Sunday retained the title, now named AITEO Cup.

After a 0-0 scoreline at the end of 90 minutes, the Promise Keepers prevailed 3-2 after penalty shoot –out to become the first winners of the AITEO trophy.

during the 2017 Aiteo Cup Final match between Akwa United v Niger Tornadoes on October 15th 2017 at Agege Stadium Lagos
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Victory handed Akwa United, whose goalkeeper Olorunleke Ojo won both the Best Goalkeeper and Most Valuable Player awards and whose Coach, Abdu Maikaba was adjudged the Best Coach, a ticket to represent Nigeria in the 2018 CAF Confederation Cup competition.

Akwa United forward Christian Pyagbara also claimed the Top Scorer’s award with his seven goals in this year’s competition.

The colourful final was watched by eminent personalities, including Governors Akinwunmi Ambode (Lagos), Udom Emmanuel (Akwa Ibom) and Abubakar Sani Bello (Niger State), CAF President Ahmad, CAF Vice Presidents Kwesi Nyantakyi and Omari Selemani, CAF Emergency Committee members Souleman Waberi and Amaju Melvin Pinnick, Executive Committee members of NFF, chieftains of sponsors AITEO, NFF Management, Members of the Lagos State Executive Council and members of the diplomatic community.