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Federal Ministry Of Youth And Sports Development, Others, Endorse Bayelsa State Governor’s Football Tournament

…Ex Internationals to grace official tournament kick-off

The stage is set for the much-anticipated kick-off of Season 6 of the Bayelsa State Governor’s Football Tournament tagged the Prosperity Cup on Friday, May 17th, 2023, at the Samson Siasia Stadium Yenagoa.

According to a press release on Thursday, 16th May 2024 signed by the Deputy Director General (Corporate Affairs) Emma Appah, said that over 200 communities and clubs registered for Season 6 of the spectacle which is expected to surpass the heights attained in all previous editions with defending Champions Krusaders Feeders FC locking horns with Police Machine FC in a much anticipated explosive opening match.

The ceremony which has the Governor of Bayelsa State, Senator Douye Diri as Special Guest of Honour with the Deputy Governor Senator Lawrence Ewhrudjakpo as Guest of Honour.

Ahead of the commencement of the showpiece, some notable organizations within and outside the state have shown support for the tournament by expressing their Corporate Social Responsibility in a laudable manner to support the empowerment of Bayelsa youths through grassroots football.

The organizers in a statement by the Director General of the tournament Mr Ono Akpe wholeheartedly appreciate companies and institutions such as Amadeus University Amizi, Ikwuano Umuahia in Abia State, an Ivy League institution championing new frontiers in the educational system in Nigeria through innovative learning with state of the art facilities in more than nineteen unique courses approved by the National University Commission.

According to the DG, the university is looking forward to welcoming her pioneer students by  September 2024, with very outstanding courses in B.Sc, Cyber security, B.Sc Forensic Science, B.Sc Entrepreneurship, B.Sc Software Engineering, B.Sc Mass Communication, B.NSc. Nursing Science, B Eng Electrical & Electronics Engineering.

The DG equally acknowledged Grooming Centre Lagos, which has been in business for almost two decades with over 600 branches across Nigeria and has the goal of empowering people especially the poor by bringing opportunities to their doorsteps, deploying solutions tailored for small & growing businesses.

Mr Akpe thanked RedTech Limited, a subsidiary of Hiers Holdings in Lagos, a leading firm specialising in driving digital transformation across Africa, as well as other companies which include Ayalla Waters, Hamilton Garden, Phone Headquarters, Aqualina Water, Nigerian Content Development and Monitoring Board (NCDMB), Premium Trust Bank, Century Group, Linkage Assurance and the former Minister of Petroleum Resources Chief Dan Etete.

Billed to grace the opening ceremony are former internationals such as the mercurial Jossy Dombraye – an African Games gold medalist, former Sharks Captain, and Elder. Baras Orugbani, the enterprising former Green Eagles star Tarila Okorowanta is back home sharing his worthy experience and skills with younger ones as Bayelsa United Team Manager, James. Tombiri aka Barb Wire, former Stores and Iwuanyanwu Nationale and Eagles player, Bekeowei Aranka former Sharks star and Eagles player as well as one-time Flying Eagles star, Coach Deipreye Teibowei alias Computer among others.

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