…As Pondi Charges Nigerian Youths to Engage in Talent Development.
The second edition of the Honourable Julius Pondi Peace Cup Competition organised by the Member representing Burutu Federal Constituency in the House of Representatives Honourable Julius Pondi has ended with Tuomo Football Club emerging champions of the competition after beating Ogulagha Football Cup one goal to nil.
The final football competition which took place at Obotobo One community in the oil rich Ogulagha kingdom in Burutu Local Government Area of Delta State saw quality football talents and skillful display in the ninety minutes encounter.
The kickoff for the final football fiesta which was taken by the Delta State Deputy Governor, Barrister Kingsley Otuaro represented by the Special Adviser to the Governor on Petroleum Matters, Chief Bosin Ebikeme attracted dignitaries from the political and traditional arena as well as sport enthusiasts.
In the keenly played finals Ogulagha FC dressed in lemon and black jersey displayed rare skills but could not convert many goal scoring chances against Tuomo FC.
However, Tuomo FC which did not concede any goal in the tournament was able to beat the tight defence line of the Ogulagha FC to score a goal through a header by Abere Ebiarede five minutes to the end of the first half.
In an interview, Honourable Julius Pondi said the Peace Cup was organized to engage the youths in sporting activities in order to discover new talents and develop grassroots football.
He said some talents discovered in the maiden edition were already playing in the nation’s premier league adding that the competition would also promote friendship and brotherhood as all the teams were representing the various wards in Burutu Federal Constituency.
The Federal lawmaker charged youths to redirect their energies into productive ventures noting that their destines were in their hands and should engage in educational pursuit and sports development which were key to their emancipation.
Earlier, the Traditional Ruler of Ogulagha kingdom represented by Chief Pitilove Abaire and the Chairman Obotobo One community, Chief Felix Ebah commended Honourable Julius Pondi for organising the finals in the kingdom and urged him to sustain the yearly sporting event.
The highpoint was the presentation of trophy to the champion of the competition Tuomo FC with eight hundred thousand naira cash, the first runner Ogulagha FC received five hundred thousand naira cash while the third place winner Egodo FC got three hundred thousand naira cash.
The best Goal keeper went to Dimene Angolor of Tuomo FC, Danny Igoigoi of Ogulagha FC emerged Most Valuable Player while the highest goal scorer in the competition was Larry Bebeyai and were given fifty thousand naira each.