The first edition of the President Muhammadu Buhari youth tournament tagged National Peace and Unity Tournament, ‘MUBU 2016’ will kick off in September this year.
The tournament which is an initiative of Sportswatch Worldwide Concept Ltd in collaboration with the Federal Ministry of Youth and Sports Development is a secondary school football competition from the local government level through the states, regions and national.
Speaking at unveiling of the competition at a the Oriental hotels in Lekki at the weekend, Chaiman Sportswatch Worldwide Concept Ltd, Abraham Ogenyi stated that the need to engender national peace and encourage socio-cultural relationships among Nigerian youths could effectively be achieved through sports, especially football.
“Sports Watch intends to unearth new Iheanachos, Okochas, Kanu Nwankwos and groom these budding talents into stars, which is the more reason we are giving it a national outlook. We believe these youngsters can be discovered from any part of the federation”
Corroborating this view was the Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Youth and Sport, Christain Ohaa, who represented the sports minister, Solomon Dalung at the event, said, “In line with the “change”mantra of the president, the minister sees it as an opportunity to encourage integration among youths and fostering of peace through football,” he stated.
This year’s edition would feature secondary schools from the 36 states of the federation including the FCT.
The final of the tournament is slated for Kaduna, Kaduna State on a yet to be announced date.