Adibe Emenyonu in Benin City
The All Progressives Congress, APC Governorship aspirant in the September 10 election in Edo State, Mr Godwin Obaseki, has revealed plans to restore versatile sporting activities in the state as a way of creating jobs for youths.
Obaseki stated this yesterday at the Edo Football Association Final match between Inneh Football Club and Dynamite Football club of Benin at the Samuel Ogbemudia Stadium. Inneh FC defeated Dynamite 3-0 to emerge champions.
Obaseki who is the chairman of the state’s Economic Team described as disturbing the little support for sports by individuals and companies in the state, noting that there will be a policy formulated to ensure that people involved in sports are supported and funded adequately as at when due.
According to him, “It is very exciting for us and the whole sport industry is something we must encourage. You know part of our agenda is to create jobs and we see sport as an opportunity to create lots of jobs. You can see the energetic young men, very talented and fit, the way they have played is something we must encourage and sustain.
“What is distressing is that the resources required is not a lot and when I inquired how much it will cost to support a club it was less than N5million a year and that I am sure can be afforded by individuals and companies in Edo state.
“We are formulating a policy to encourage sports particularly football and the Edo state league and I will make sure that both the boys and girls playing football are supported.
Inneh FC players made their intent to win the trophy known early on when they grabbed the opener under 45 seconds before they sealed an emphatic victory with two late goals to send their fans into rapturous celebrations.
In the women’s final, Edo Queens triumphed over Martin White Doves 2-0, while Fortress Princess came third. Buffalo FC defeated last year’s winners BJ Foundation in the men’s third-place game.
The winners will represent the state at the Champion of Champions Cup for FA Cup winners from the South-South zone. It would be sponsored by FROT Group and hosted by Edo State.
The first, second and third place teams in the men’s category received N500,000, N300,000 and N200,000 respectively.
Edo Queens received N50,000 for their effort while the women’s second and third place teams got N30,000 and N20,000 respectively, courtesy of Edo State Commissioner for Works and Housing, Osarodion Ogie.
Vice President of FROT Group, Regina Momoh, said she was impressed with the organisation, standard of play and fans’ turnout, and promised to continue to support the Edo FA to develop the youths