Imerienwe -Upe Community Agog Over Ekechi’s Unity Cup Kick -Off ..Malick FC, Firstmahi FC Owners Grace Event ..As Defending Champions, Umunam Silences Umuoye In Opener


Even the rains over the weekend could not defy the good and enterprising people of Imeriienwe -Upe Autonomous Community as they turned out in mass for the opening ceremony of the 6th edition of Okenze Tobias Ekechi Unity Football Competition tagged “Reunion Edition”.

Speaking at the opening ceremony which was held at the Umuoye central Pitch, the Local Organizing Committee LOC, Chairman, Hon Neville Okere lauded the steadfastness of the donor, Chief (Dr) TOE Ekechi in empowering the youths and uniting his people through sports.

He however appreciated the special guests of the opening ceremony, Chief Malick ” Nkwa Chukwukwere Ogwa” (CEO of City Cruz Hotel, Owerri and Chairman of Malick FC, Owerri), Hon Prince Chidiebere Eze Onuoha (CEO of Darku Soap & Detergents as well as Chairman Firstmahi FC, Owerri) and newly appointed Heartland FC Chief Coach, Willy Udube who came in company of Rev Fr Chika Opara and took the honour of taking the official kick -off ceremony.

The LOC chairman also noted that as part of the donor’s effort to modify the competition yearly that the first prize has been increased to N600, 000.

Meanwhile, in the opening encounter tagged clash of champions between two time champions, Umuoye and the back to back champions, Umunam, the later silenced their rivals 2-1 to show real intent on winning clinching the trophy for the third time.