Kurukuru Group Of Houses Win Amanyanabo Of Ogu Peace Cup
Kurukuru Group of Houses in Ogu Kingdom has won the maiden edition of the Amanyanbo of Ogu Peace Football Cup Competition by defeating Loko Group of Houses.
In a thrilling and keenly contested final match played at the Ogu Mini-Stadium, Nicholas Tamuno Of Kurukuru Group scored the winning goal in the second half against the Loko Group Of Houses while the third place match between Ama Group of Houses and Offiomani Group ended 4-2 in favour of Ama Group through penalties after a goalless draw at full time.
Speaking at the closing ceremony, the sponsor and Amanyanbo of Ogu Kingdom, His Majesty, King Nicholas Dickson Ibiebele Nimenibo, Loko IX, expressed delight with the performance of the teams and promised to host it annually in order to engage the youths meaningfully to show case their talents for states, national and international clubsides and also to maintain peace in the kingdom.
King Ibiebele-Nimenibo disclosed that he was motivated by the spirit of Ogu to host such a tournament to engage the youths after he took a walk round the community, stressing that he would also introduce wrestling, canoe race, casting of net and swimming among others.
According to the monarch, football has become economically viable and balances the physical and mental development and thanked all for making the event a huge success.
Also speaking, Chairman of the occasion and Chairman Ogu Divisional Council of Chiefs, Amb. Spiff Micah Taribo-Amgbara hailed the of Amanyanabo of Ogu for the initiative as it would be a stepping stone to make the youths to be more alert physically and productive.
In his goodwill message, the Amanyanbo of Bolo Se, His Royal Highness, King Acheseinimie Micah Frank, Bolo Luka VII, said he was pleased with the important competition as it was great and entertaining, and appealed to the sponsor to make it an annual affair.
In their separate speeches, the Chief Whip of Rivers State House of Assembly and member representing Ogu/Bolo Constituency, Rt. Hon. Evans Bapakaye Bipi, Vice Chairman of Ogu/Bolo Local Government Council, Barr. Christiana Tamunoberetonari, Secretary of Ogu Divisional Council of Chiefs, Alabo Anthony Ibifuro Tamunonime and the Chief Executive Officer of Tex Foundation, Tekena Ikpaki promised to help the youths to excel beyond the local government level as to keep them away from social vices, and engage them meaningfully, assuring that they would support His Majesty in subsequent editions.
They also called on politicians in the local government area to emulate the King as sports fosters team spirit and sustain peace and unity, and also appealed to the king to also engage the women in sporting activities.
In his vote of thanks, the Chairman of the Local Organizing Committee, Sunny Alli Joseph commended the sponsor and all for the successful tournament and assured that the next edition would be better.
The occasion also featured the presentation of awards to the best player – Ose Crownwell of Loko Group of Houses, Highest Goal Scorer – Solomon Daferechi of Offiomani, Best Goalkeeper – Saturday Alex and the Best Defender – Patterson Wilberforce.
Some dignitaries that graced the occasion include the leader of Okrika legislative Council, Rt. Hon. Lazarus Emmanuel, the Leader of Ogu/Bolo Legislative council, Rt. Hon. Joakin Tamunoyemiari, the Chairman of Sports in Ogu/Bolo Local Government Area, Hon. Patrick Atubonengi, the DPO – Abubakar Idris Danladi, other security agents.