- holds quarterfinal draws Thursday
- presents Siasia as tournament’s Ambassador
Fifteen communities have already qualified for the crucial stage of the Governor Seriake Dickson Football Tournament otherwise known as the Restoration Cup.
The 16th team will emerge on Wednesday after the rescheduled game between Kalawei-ama and Ebikiri-ama at the Samson Siasia Sports Complex at 2pm to determine which community joins Amassoma, also from Southern Ijaw local government area.
The draws for the quarterfinal will hold on Thursday at the Chief DSP Alamieyeiseigha Memorial Banquet Hall in Yenagoa.
The event will also feature the public presentation of the tournament’s Ambassador, Samson Siasia, a foremost indigene of Bayelsa, former Super Eagles player and coach of the Nigerian national team.
One hundred and fifty teams, including three tertiary institutions, a media outfit, a religious organisation, a Government House team and the Nigerian Air Force registered for the competition.
The 15 communities that have qualified include Okpoma and Bua-ama from Brass, Nembe City and Opu Nembe from Nembe, Ayakoro-ama and Kaiama from Kolokuma/Opokuma, Azikoro and Ekpetiama from Yenagoa.
Others are Otuasega and Otuokpoti from Ogbia, Adagbabiri and Toru-Orua from Sagbama, Peretorugbene and Agge from Ekeremor, and Amassoma from Southern Ijaw.
Director-General of the Restoration Cup, Mr. Ono Akpe, said all is set for the quarterfinal draws and the presentation of Siasia.
He explained that the choice of Siasia as the tournament’s Ambassador is based on the strategic importance of promoting a Bayelsa brand that is very rooted in the dynamics of the game.
“We also want to achieve our goal, which is to expose the players that would be eventually selected from the competition,” Akpe said.
After the competition, Siasia will among other things engage selected players in a mentoring and capacity building programme so as to equip them with some basics of playing professional football.