The Senator representing Ekiti Central Senatorial district, Michael Opeyemi Bamidele, has asked the three tiers of government and the private sector to invest more in the promotion of sports and recreational activities especially among the youths.
Bamidele who spoke at the Final match of the M.O.B Ekiti Central Unity Cup which held at Oluyemi Kayode stadium, Ado-Ekiti, indicated that when youths are productively engaged in a worthy vocation like sports and recreation, they become more resourceful, creative, self-motivated and socially responsible.
Bamidele pointed out that previous football competitions organized in the state have produced international and local Players.
According to him, he has consistently taken interest in the sponsorship of football competitions and other activities in Ekiti state adding that the efforts have yielded positive results.
“For instance, some of the gallant products of our previous football competitions have become local and international football stars today.
“These include Babatunde Bello (now in Egypt), Alimi Sunday (now in Turkey), Sikemi Adisa (Ekiti United), Wale Makanjuola (Ekiti United) and Seyi Akinyemi (Ekiti United).
“I am persuaded that many female and male football stars will emerge from this competition also and I will not hesitate to continue to encourage and sponsor them until they become great sources of pride to us in Ekiti state.”
Irepidun-Ifekodun FC was awarded cash prize of N1 million after defeating Ado-Ekiti FC with 3-1 to emerge the winner in the male category of the Unity Cup, which cuts across the five local government areas in Ekiti Central Senatorial district.
The Ado-Ekiti F.C which emerged as first runner up received a cash gift of N750,000 while Are FC (Ijero-Ekiti) came second runner up in the competition with cash prize of N500,000
In the female category of the Unity Cup, MOB Queens emerged as the winner with a cash gift of N1 million while Tripple W FC came second with cash prize of N750,000 and Golden Queen FC of Ado as second runner up with cash gift of N500,000.
Bamidele reiterated his commitment towards empowering the youth through various initiatives including training programs with a view to making the youth diversify their energy.
He promised to also send each of the players who played for the top three teams in the male and female categories to a training program with an empowerment package of fifty thousand Naira each.
Senator Micheal Opeyemi Bamidele who is seeking re-election into the Senate assured the government and people of the state of ceaseless people oriented programs with a call on the people to accord the present Biodun Oyebanji administration all necessary support to succeed.
Senator Bamidele reiterated his commitment to an unwavering support for the state governor and government.
He also appreciated the support of the Sports Writers Association of Nigeria (SWAN) Ekiti State Chapter, the Coaches Association, the Referees Council and the State Sports Council for their efforts at ensuring a successful and glamorous youth soccer competition.
There was also male and female marathon exhibition as some of the National athletics champions displayed the stuff they were made of to the admiration of the spectators.
The youth competition which featured male and female teams that represented various local government areas in Ekiti Central Senatorial District was witnessed by the deputy governor, Chief Christianah Afuye who represented governor Biodun Oyebanji, immediate past deputy governor, chief Bisi Egbeyemi, former APC state chairman, Chief Jide Awe as well as the Secretary to the state government, Alhaja Dr Habeebat Adubiaro and the Special Assistant to the governor on Public Utilities, Prof. Bolaji Aluko among several other top ranking government officials.
Governor Ododo applauds Nigeria’s’ Win Over South Africa
***Urges Super Eagles To Go For Gold
By Friday Idachaba Lokoja
Governor Ahmed Usman Ododo of Kogi State has applauded the Super Eagles of Nigeria on their Wednesday night triumph over Bafana Bafana of South Africa and qualification for the final of the Africa Cup of Nations.
Ododo who gave the applaud in a statement issued by his Special Adviser on Media, Ismaila Isah on Thursday in Lokoja commended the Super Eagles for their display of resilience and the “Can-do Spirit” of Nigerians.
He said that the Eagles in the thrilling semi final encounter held their nerves throughout the game and the emotionally charged penalty shootout won by the Super Eagles 4:2.
The Governor noted that the build up to the game demonstrated the undiluted passion by which Nigerians are known to rally in defence of their country in difficult times.
Ododo equally urged all Nigerians to continue to support the Super Eagles to soar in their quest to bring home the coveted continental trophy.
“This win by the Super Eagles proves that Nigeria has what it takes to bounce back from its temporary setbacks as a nation.
“We are inspired as a country and we must all support the Super Eagles to bring home the trophy as they go against the Ivory Coast in the Final this weekend”, Governor Ododo said.
The Governor also urged all Nigerians to pray fervently for the Super Eagles to clinch the Nations Cup adding that the team needed the support of all Nigerians to bring home the trophy. (Ends)
Nigeria trashes South Africa to advance to final
The Nigerian National Team, Super Eagles has defeated South African Bafana Bafana on penalties at the Stade de la Paix (Stadium of Peace) in Bouake, Ivory Coast to advanced to the final of the African Cup of Nations
Kelechi Ihenacho scored the winning penalty for Super Eagles as Nigeria displaced the South African team from the final of Africa Cup of Nations
Nigeria opened the scoring in the 67th minute through a penalty after Osimhen made his mark.
South Africa star player Mokoena equalised in the 90th minute sending the game to extra time, the extra time ended in a stalemate, and the game advanced to penalties.
Nigeria’s goalkeeper, Stanley Nwabali, saved two penalties, while Kelechi Iheanacho scored the winning penalty to send the Eagles to the final
Nigeria beats Angola 1-0 to qualify for Semi-Final
The Super Eagles of Nigeria has defeated Angola in the quart final duel with Angola to advance to semifinal of the 2023 Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON) after Lookman’s first half goal
Moses Simon’s perceptive pass gave Lookman the rear chance to score his third goal of the knockout stage
With the victory over Angola the Super Eagles have been tipped to be the new tournament favourites however their opponents with confident had created occasional scare.
This is the first time Nigeria have won four consecutive matches at a single Afcon edition without conceding a goal.
Having scored two goals against Cameroon in the last 16 as his first ever Afcon goals, Lookman has become the fourth Nigerian to score at least three goals in the knockout rounds of a single Afcon tournament, after Odion Ighalo in 2019 (4), Jay-Jay Okocha in 2004 (3) and Rashidi Yekini in 1994 (3).
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