PH All Stars Plans Symposium For Ex-Footballers
The All Stars Football Club of Port Harcourt will in conjunction with sister clubs in Nigeria organize a symposium for Ex-footballers that have been forgotten and abandoned by the government and other relevant authorities in Nigeria.
Former Chairman of All Stars FC of Port Harcourt, Barr. Aribiton Okiri who dropped the hint in a chat with The Vortext correspondent in Port Harcourt said the seminar is to exchange ideas and chart a way forward.
Okiri noted that the symposium will also create a new orientation on the need for government to take care and engage such ex-footballers meaningfully for a better means of livelihood after football investments.
He opined that as the Premier All Stars Football Club in the country, organizing such a programme would help rehabilitate them and enhance better relationship with other sister All Stars Football Clubs like that of Lagos, Abuja, Owerri, Enugu among others that spring-up after that of Port Harcourt was formed in 1980.
According to him, as an All Stars team, they set agenda for sports particularly football contribute meaningfully to policy-making and share ideas with the government on better sports administration, adding that their membership cut across political divide and tribe as they have personalities like Chief Adokiye Amiesimaka, Barr. Chris Green, Finidi George, Amaopu-Senibo Bobo Brown.
Others are Elis Green, Kennedy Boboye, Alari George, Moses Effiong (MON), Barr Ibingo Evans, Kingsley Eta, Elder Samuel Okpoko, Amado Whyte, Kennedy Odili and Minabo Harry among others, while the Amanyanabo of Grand Bonny, His Majesty, King Asimini William Dappa Pepple Perekule X, and Eze Eberi Ugo Ix of Ancient Eberi Omuma and Paramount Ruler of Eberi Omuma Kingdom, King Onyekachi Amaonwu are Grand Patrons of the club.
The foremost Port Harcourt All Stars FC boss boasted that their team is doing its best and truly an All Stars club that promotes recreation as well as award scholarship to indigent students at a football academy in Europe despite their financial constraints which had been their major challenges, stressing that as they play advisory role to government they also needed support from them to further carry out their objectives to the society.
Okiri also hinted that the club is thinking of grassroots sports (football) development and thanked the state government for all their support, assuring that they are willing to partner with the government to sustain the peace for sportsmen and women to excel.
He expressed gratitude to the Vice Chancellor, Rivers State University, Dr. Blessing Didia and Prof. Ken Anugwe among others for contributing to sports development in the State and in Nigeria.