Dame Emily Obiyo Memorial Unity Cup Kicks-Off
Finally the much talked about Dame Emily Ahunna Obiyo Memorial Football Competition for the Nine Local Government Areas in Owerri zone was officially kicked-off on Saturday March 15 at the Old Township Stadium along Tetlow road with lots of excitement and in colorful manner.
The championship which is the brain child of Samuel-Mary & Dame Emily Ahunna Obiyo Foundation jointly organized by Chief Dr Uzoma Obiyo, Multi-net System Limited, Airtel Network Limited, Samanny Infotech Limited, MTN Nigeria Communications Limited and Systems Limited saw all the Nine participating teams dressed in a colorful jersey’s as they took their turn in memorial match past organized in honor of Late Dame Emily Obiyo.
In his brief address to the competing teams and the spectators at the event, Chief Uzoma stated that the tournament is held in honor of an inspiring role model, a woman of charity and care and a great Amezon Late Dame Emily Ahunna Obiyo, our treasured mother of blessed memory.
He described her as a woman who loved and lived in love; stating that she aws indeed an icon of inestimable value, who achieved much on earth.
On a final note Dr Obiyo used the opportunity to officially declare the tournament open wishing everyone exciting days of interesting and beneficial competition.
Meanwhile, the executive assistant to Chief Obiyo, Hon Dan Chikere thanked the co-organizers YSFON for putting up a such a wonderful and interesting show adding that they are other programs lined up alongside the football competition as Tennis Competition will also be held among players from the 9 LGA’s and a quiz competition for Secondary Schools in the area to encourage the promotion of quality education.
He also said that plans have already been concluded by the foundation to organize free eye-clinic service at designated centers in the 9 LGA’s in line with the promotion of a healthy life for the less privileged.
The event later saw the crowd entertained with friendly game between Municipal and Ikeduru LGA which ended 0 0 as the competition games proper will start today at Chioma Ajunwa Stadium, Ahiazu were Owerri West will be taking on Ezinihitte-Mbaise in a group C tie.
FIFA U17 Female World Cup: Flamingoes Up To A Good Start
The Nigeria U17 girls put up a brave showing in their defeat of Gao Hong’s side in their opening game at the 2014 Fifa U17 Women’s World Cup
Nigeria began their campaign at the 2014 Fifa U17 Women’s World Cup with a 2-1 victory over China PR at the Estadio Alejandro Morera Soto in Alajuela.
A first half strike from Rasheedat Ajibade and a second half header from Uchenna Kanu were all Bala Nkiyu’s side needed to hold off threats from the Chinese ladies who got their only goal through Fan Yugiu.
The Nigerians put up a fine display in the opening minutes of the tension soaked encounter and could have shot into the lead in the fifth minute but for the heroics of goalkeeper Peng Shimeng.
Flamingoes after several failed attempts to score, however, shot into the lead through Rasheedat Ajibade in the 21st minute. The Nigerian scored from a rebound off Uchenna Kanu’s shot following a well taken corner kick by Chinwedu Ihezuo.
Shimeng was called to duty four times in the space of 10 minutes after the first goal by the Flamingoes but she stood unbendable in goal as her heroics denied the Africans the opportunity to double their lead.
After several minutes of dominance, Uchenna Kanu got Nigeria’s second goal in the 63rd minute through a powerful header that left the opposing goalkeeper with no chance.
The Asians found their way back into the game when captain Fan Yugiu calmly finished Yan Liu’s cross. The Chinese continued to press for an equalizer during the final 25 minutes but the Nigerian backline marshaled by Ologboshere held firm.
Goalkeeper Onyinyechukwu Okeke performed admirably in goal for Nigeria as she made fine saves to deny Gao Hong’s girls from getting a point form the game.
Nigeria will take on Colombia that lost 4-0 to Mexico in their next game on Wednesday.
Caterpillar Frowns at Heartland Poor Performance
Warns Players to Seat up or…
Exactly two games into the 2013/14 Globacom Nigeria Professional League, Heartland football club of Owerri gaffer, Kelechi ‘Caterpillar’ Emetole has expressed dissatisfaction over the lack-luster performance exhibited by his wards especially in their week 2 Npfl encounter with Crown Fc in Ibadan last Sunday.
Reports reaching Trumpeta Sports Desk from grape vine indicates that the ex-international who is making his 5th appearance as a coach to the Owerri based side since their days as Spartans Fc said that he will not hesitate to push out any player irrespective of his statue in other to raise the tempo of his team.
According to the source, the Isiukwuato in Abia State born tactician who holds a chieftaincy tittle noted with sad feelings that only three players the goalkeeper, Kofi and Ogonna turned up for the game against Crown Fc in form as others were looking rather out-of-sort which led to the team conceding a late goal in Ibadan the adopted home ground for Crown of Ogbomosho team.
It could be recalled that the Naze-Millionairse lost their first league encounter at Dan Anyiam Stadium to Dolphins of Port Harcourt before the loss at Ibadan.
Emetole Who took over the helm of affairs with the Federation Cup back-to-back champions also saw 12 new signings unveiled by the management that includes two Ivorian junior Internationals and Two Malian Internationals.
Heartland is presently occupying the 14th position on the log with 1 point after two games while Akwa United, Enyimba and Bayelsa United are placed 1st, 2nd, and 3rd position respectively with 4 points each.
Globacom Nigerian League
Week Two Results (16/3/14)
Kaduna Utd 3 1 Taraba Utd
Enyimba 2 1 Rangers
Kano Pillars 2 2 Sunshine
Crown Fc 1 0 Heartland
Gombe Utd — Bayelsa Utd
Sharks Fc 1 0 Lobi Stars
Nasarawa Utd 1 1 Akwa Utd
FIFA U17 WORLD CUP RESULTS
Costa Rica 0 3 Venezuela
Italy 2 0 Zambia
Ghana 2 0 S/Korea
Germany 2 2 Canada
New Zealand 1 1 Paraguay
Spain 0 2 Japan
Mexico 4 0 Colombia
China 1 2 Nigeria
Costa Rica — Italy
Venezuela — Zambia
Ghana — Germany
S/Korea — Canada
New Zealand — Spain
Paraguay — Japan
Mexico — China
Colombia — Nigeria
UEFA CHAMPIONS LEAGUE (18/3/14)
Chelsea — Galatasaray
Real Madrid — Schalke 04
Man United – Olympiakos
B/Dortmund – Zenit Petersburg
Dame Emily Memorial Cup Games
15/3/14 (Friendly Encounter)
Ikeduru 0 0 Municipal
Owerri West-Ezinihitte @ Ahiazu
Ikeduru – Owerri North
@ Old Stadium