Aduda’s football competition for FCT youth kicks off
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.