Aduda’s foot­ball com­pe­ti­tion for FCT youth kicks off

Daily Trust - - CITY NEWS - By Hus­sein Ya­haya

A foot­ball com­pe­ti­tion or­gan­ised by the Se­na­tor rep­re­sent­ing the FCT in the Na­tional As­sem­bly, Philip Aduda, for youth in the ter­ri­tory has be­gun in Abuja.

At the kick off cer­e­mony at the Area 3 play­ing ground, the Se­na­tor said the com­pe­ti­tion was aimed at en­gag­ing the at­ten­tion of the young ones in the FCT.

“These young ones can be mean­ing­fully en­gaged by in­volv­ing them in var­i­ous sport­ing ac­tiv­i­ties in­stead of us­ing them for po­lit­i­cal thug­gery dur­ing po­lit­i­cal ac­tiv­i­ties.

“With this com­pe­ti­tion, their at­ten­tion will be shifted from evil acts and they will be think­ing of how to con­trib­ute their quota to the de­vel­op­ment of their im­me­di­ate en­vi­ron­ment,” the se­na­tor said.

He said the com­pe­ti­tion will be used to show­case the youth to the out­side world and urged the par­tic­i­pat­ing teams to put in their best dur­ing the com­pe­ti­tion.

“The win­ning team at the grand fi­nale will have the op­por­tu­nity to travel out­side the coun­try to play with for­eign teams, apart from the mon­e­tary gains at­tached to the com­pe­ti­tion,” he added.

A break­down of the com­pe­ti­tion showed that 62 teams from all the 62 po­lit­i­cal wards in the FCT will par­tic­i­pate in the pre­lim­i­nary to en­able each of the six area coun­cils pro­duce three teams each to form the 18 teams that will par­tic­i­pate in the tour­na­ment proper.

The open­ing cer­e­mony which was mon­i­tored by the FIFA ac­cred­ited ref­eree and chair­man of the FCT Ref­er­ees As­so­ci­a­tion, Zakowi Abra­ham, also fea­tured dis­tri­bu­tion of sport­ing ma­te­ri­als to all the area coun­cils.

The chair­man of Bwari Area Coun­cil, Peter Yo­hana Ushafa, for­mer Kuje coun­cil chair­man, Dan­ladi Etsu Zhin and for­mer Nige­rian Am­bas­sador to the Gam­bia, Ayuba Ng­bako, were among the dig­ni­taries that watched the open­ing match be­tween Bwari foot­ball team and their Kuje coun­ter­part.

At the end of the match, Bwari Area Coun­cil team thrashed their Kuje coun­ter­part with three goals to one.

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