39 clubs bat­tle in Ekene Adams’‘Catch Them Young’ Foot­ball Tour­na­ment in Kaduna

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At least 39 am­a­teur foot­ball club sides based in Chikun/Ka­juru Fed­eral Con­stituency in Kaduna State have regis­tered for the in­au­gu­ral edi­tion of Com­rade Ekene Abubakar Adams Foot­ball Tour­na­ment in Kaduna State.

The tour­na­ment which kicked off on Thurs­day with the Open­ing Cer­e­mony at Gov­ern­ment Day Se­condary School Sabon Tasha Kaduna will see the young and ta­lented foot­ballers across the nook and cran­nies of the state en­gage them­selves through the month of Oc­to­ber to Novem­ber 2018.

In the open­ing match of the tour­na­ment, Sabo Gun­ners de­feated Sambo Bombers 3-0.

Ac­cord­ing to or­gan­is­ers of the com­pe­ti­tion, Com­rade Ekene Abubakar Adams who is the Chief Ex­ec­u­tive Of­fi­cer of Kada City Foot­ball Club has not hid­den his pas­sion for the round leather game as he al­ways em­pha­sized that the best way to dras­ti­cally re­duce poverty is to use the power of foot­ball and other sports to em­power the youth who are im­mensely ta­lented.

Women and youths present at the open­ing cer­e­mony were re­warded with cash prizes, schol­ar­ships and valu­ables which in­clude grind­ing ma­chines, Mo­tor­cy­cles, hair dri­ers among oth­ers. In his speech at the event “The Youngest” as Ekene Adams is called by his ad­mir­ers re­in­stated that his phil­an­thropic ges­ture is not to win peo­ple’s hearts in his bid to rep­re­sent the peo­ple of Chikun/Ka­juru at the Fed­eral level but his de­sire to al­le­vi­ate poverty from his peo­ple.

“I am not giv­ing out th­ese items for you to vote me be­cause it has been my de­sire to help the less priv­i­leges in the so­ci­ety even be­fore my po­lit­i­cal am­bi­tion.” he said. World No 4 Juan Martin del Potro scythed down Ser­bia’s Filip ra­ji­novic 6-3 6-0 in the China Open yes­ter­day to set up a semi­fi­nal clash with Ital­ian Fabio Fognini.

For­mer US Open cham­pion Del Potro fired down 12 aces and won five out of eight break point op­por­tu­ni­ties to chalk up a com­fort­able win over the 26-year-old.

“I’ve been train­ing hard to play at this level,” Del Potro, who has booked his spot in next month’s sea­son-end­ing ATP Fi­nals in Lon­don, said.

“To­day, ev­ery­thing worked good, start­ing from my serve, from my fore­hands and back­hands. That is the game I need to go far in this tour­na­ment.”

Del Potro faces a po­ten­tially tricky test against the in-form Fognini on Satur­day. The Ital­ian beat Mar­ton Fucso­vics 6-4 6-4 as he main­tained his own pur­suit of a place in Lon­don.

Vic­tory meant fourth seed Fognini has won a ca­reer-high 43 matches this sea­son while claim­ing three ti­tles in the process.

“It’s go­ing to be a dif­fi­cult one,” Del Potro, who has a 1-1 win-loss record against Fognini, added. “Fabio beat me in the Mex­ico fi­nal this year, he’s play­ing very well al­ready.”

Fifth seed Kyle Ed­mund edged past Ser­bia’s Du­san La­jovic 6-3 7-6(4) as he con­tin­ued his search for a maiden ATP ti­tle.

The Bri­ton next plays world num­ber 34 Nikoloz Basi­lashvili, who ousted Tu­nisia’s Malek Jaziri with a 6-2 6-2 vic­tory.

Spon­sor of the tour­na­ment, Com­rade Ekene Abubakar Adams shak­ing hands with play­ers of Sabo Gun­ners be­fore their open­ing match with Sambo Bombers. Sabo Gun­ners won 3-0.

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