The first edition of the Chief Ifeanyi Ubah sponsored Grassroots Soccer Championships will flag-off in June in Anambra state.
The competition according to the sponsor would see all the 127 communities in Anambra battle for supremacy in an event that would run from June to October 2016.
The youthful Chief Ifeanyi Ubah, who is also the Chairman of the Anambra State Football Association, noted that, he has decided to bankroll the competition “so as to make sure all the youths in the state are engaged in the competition aimed at ensuring that talented youngsters who have hitherto been hidden in the grassroots without the opportunity of showcasing their talents are given the leverage to come to the front burner.
He stressed that, the competition which is one of his programmes to move football forward in the state would be played in a league format for five months across the communities that would also involve the three senatorial districts in Anambra.
“The 127 teams would be reduced to 64 after the first round and later to 32 teams, before the round of 16 which is the final round that would be played on round robin. The beauty of the competition is that at this stage, the 20 best players in the competition would be selected by a team of soccer experts that involved former national team coaches. These selected 20 players will be groomed and sponsored to take part in a FIFA recognized international soccer tournament in China in November.”