By; AYO OJEDOKUN, Lagos
Governor Rochas Okorocha of Imo State alongside the Chief of Naval Staff, Vice Admiral Ibok Ete Ekwe Ibas are expected to declare closed the ongoing YSFON/NOWA organised Chief of Naval Staff U-14 Boys’ and U-17 Girls’ Football Competition currently going on at both City Secondary School and Dan Anyiam Stadium, Owerri, on Saturday.
The final which will be decided under floodlight because of the rescheduled NNL match involving Papilo FC will see the host state facing Kaduna in the male category, while the female finalists are Anambra and Delta.
To get to the final, Imo State defeated Delta 2-0, while Kaduna edged out Enugu 3-1 in the second semi-final to book a ticket in today’s final.
In the females decided, Rivers beat FCT 4-1 penalty shoot out after a 1-1 full time. And Anambra was 2-1 better over Delta State to all book the final tickets respectively.
Speaking on today’s cracker, National President of the Youth Sports Federation of Nigeria (YSFON), Nasiru Yusuf Gawuna noted that the championship has unearthed some good players who he hope will excel in the game in future, even as he commended the Nigerian Navy and Imo State Government for partnering with the federation for a successful tournament.
Gawuna, who also doubles as Kano State Commissioner for Agriculture, assured football lovers in Imo State and its’ environs that they will witness a worthy final.
“The final is going to be keenly contested, because the finalists displayed good football artistry since the commencement of the competition.
” We’re grateful to the Nigerian Navy for its’ continuous sponsorship of the competition and the Imo State Government for being a wonderful host. And I want to say that we’ve discovered some budding talents in this year’s championship,” he concluded.
A total of 18 male and eight male teams from various states of the federation are taking part in the tournament.