Christopher Isiguzo in Enugu
The Deputy President of the Senate, Senator Ike Ekweremadu at the weekend flagged off the 2018 Ikeoha Youths Sports Championship aimed at harvesting talents for national and international championships.
The championship will see youths from five local government areas of Enugu West senatorial district of Enugu state, including, Aninri, Awgu, Oji River, Udi and Ezeagu in football, basket ball and athletics.
The opening match played by Team Awgu against Team Aninri ended in barren draw.
Ekweremadu who spoke at the flag-off of the championship at the Awgu Township Stadium said apart from harvesting talents, the championship will also unite the people of the senatorial zone.
He asked the participating teams that the championship was intended to imbibe in them the spirit of sportsmanship, competition and friendship and urged them to eschew the desire to win by all means adding that the championship was meant to provide opportunities for the youth to flourish in sports.
He said the expectation was that in the very near future, the participants would be representing various clubs at home and abroad as well as playing for the country. He pledged 100,000 and 50,000 naira for every goal scored to the team and goal scorer respectively. The championship comes to a close on 18/02/2018 with the final of the football event at the main bowl of the Nnamdi Azikiwe Stadium, Enugu.