Cel­e­bratNige­ri­an­sNige­ri­ans Day with Golf Kitty

Daily Trust - - SPORT - By David Ngobua @ Ngob­ua­david

Over 250 mem­bers of the IBB Golf Club, mem­bers of the diplo­matic corps as well as other in­vited guests yesterday com­mem­o­rated Nige­ria’s 55th In­de­pen­dence Day with an 18-hole golf tour­na­ment at IBB In­ter­na­tional Golf and Coun­try Club, Abuja.

The Cap­tain of IBB Club, Hamid Abbo of­fi­cially teed off the tour­na­ment yesterday morn­ing in the four­ball com­pleted by Af­fia Yad­uma, Kabiru Alli and Lawrence Welle.

In or­der to avoid slow play due to the large turnout of golfers dur­ing the tour­na­ment which held in good weather con­di­tions, the dif­fer­ent group of play­ers had to tee off on both the front and back tees.

In ad­di­tion, a del­e­ga­tion of Ghana­ian golfers from Achi­mota Golf Club, Ac­cra, has started to ar­rive in the coun­try for the in­ter­na­tional match­play friendly which tees off to­mor­row. Mark Edu is to lead the Ghana­ians num­ber­ing 25 for the two­day matches.

Mean­while, some of the Nige­rian golfers took turns yesterday to speak on the sig­nif­i­cance of the day and the state of the game in Nige­ria.

The vice cap­tain of IBB Club Okey Ig­weh wants stake­hold­ers to help in groom­ing young tal­ents in the sport. “The tour­na­ment is to com­mem­o­rate Nige­ria’s In­de­pen­dence Day cel­e­bra­tion. But it is ex­pe­di­ent we de­velop our sports, not only golf but all sports.

“All sports in Nige­ria need fund­ing. A small group of peo­ple play golf in Nige­ria, it is not a sport that ev­ery­body plays and un­der­stands but what it does is that it opens door for peo­ple to net­work and in­ter­act.”

Joe-Kyari Gadzama (SAN), a for­mer cap­tain of IBB Club also said “It has been the tra­di­tion of this club and most golfers around to celebrate the coun­try by com­ing to­gether. Our friends from Ghana are here also to celebrate with us to­day through the week­end.

“It is our prayers that Nige­ria will con­tinue to grow be­cause we have a big prom­ise for ev­ery­body that the fu­ture is great, but the fu­ture can­not be good if we don’t col­lec­tively ef­fect pos­i­tive change,” Gadzama said.

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