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Gov. Wike’s Football Tourney Kicks off Nov 1

The second edition of Governor Nyesom Wike 2020 Pre-Season Football Tournament is expected to kick-off from November 1st to 10th in Port Harcourt.

The State Commissioner for Sports, Hon. Boma Iyaye who disclosed this while inaugurating the Organizing Committee of the tournament in his office in Port Harcourt, said as Rivers United Football Club prepares for the 2020/2021 Footbal season, players from the tournament could be preked to strengthen the team, and charged the organizers to ensure   they consult with the State Football Association.

He also enjoined the organizers to bring their wealth of experience to bear as professionals from various fields of sports for a successful tournament, adding that the tournament is expected to attract football teams from the Nigeria Professional League and Nigeria National Football Leagues among others.

According to him, the football tournament would help cement the relationship and unity of the people of Rivers State, and warned that strict compliance of COVID-19 protocols should be observed before and during the competition.

The Sports Commissioner hinted that the Adokiye Amiesimaka Stadium and Sharks Stadium would be used for the tournament as the Yakubu Gowon Stadium formerly Liberation Stadium is being used as a COVID-19 centre.

In his speech, Chairman of the committee, Basir Badawiy thanked the commissioner for finding them worthy for the appointment and assured that they would ensure that they achieve set objectives and justify the confidence reposed in them.

He solicited for the co-operation and support of all in organizing the tournament which he promised would be unique.

Members of the committee include Dima Karika, Chuks Ezeji, Bright Oguder, Chris Udogu, Benjamin Akobo and Olalekan Ige while Sepribo Nimifaa is to serve as the secretary to the committee.

Meanwhile, there are concerns over the non inclusion of the State Chairman of the Sports Writers Association of Nigeria (SWAN), Ambassador Jim Udede-Opiki into the committee.

Sports enthusiasts who spoke with our correspondent said it is unfortunate that the SWAN chairman was not in such a committee in the state, stressing, that it is high time politics and sentiments are being thrown over-board in the interest of sports development in the state. 

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