FOOTBALL STAKEHOLDERS GATHER AT THE 2ND EDITION UNVEILING CEREMONY OF VENERABLE DAVID UDONSEK GRASSROOT FOOTBALL TOURNEY
The Venerable David Udonsek Grassroot Football Tournament; reputed to be the biggest football gathering in ONNA Local Government will be kicking-off on the 4th of December 2022 and run through the 1st of January 2023. At the unveiling ceremony which took place on Wednesday 39th November at the Akpabio Udo Ukpa Sports stadium witnessed the presentation of Jersey sets to the sixteen(16) teams participating in the tournament by the organizer and principal sponsor Venerable David Udonsek
The unveiling ceremony, kick started after a brief opening prayer
Thereafter the Ven. Udonsek inaugurated the Local Organizing Committee (LOC) with Mr Nsikan Udonsek as the chairman. In his inaugural address, the LOC chairman thank the sponsor of the tournament while informing that, himself and his team will work towards the success of this year’s tournament
He also added that “The tournament is set to hit the new season running with the 2nd edition of discovering fresh talents, equipping the coaches at the grassroot with the modern trends in football and promoting talents.” This followed the successes recorded in the maiden edition of the football in 2021. In this year’s edition, the technical aspect of the game will be the crux of the football growth in ONNA while sustaining peace and progress through sport.
Addressing the event, the principal sponsor, Venerable David Udonsek appealed to all the team captains and representative of all the wards at the event to embrace the peace and unity that football presents.
He eulogises the exceptional leadership of His Excellency, Mr. Udom Gabriel Emmanuel for his strides at keeping the State at a peaceful and progressive lane.
Venerable Udonsek thanked God for the grace and enablement to host the 2nd edition of this tournament, stressing that, “it is borne out of his love for the community” He however, solicited for support for the PDP gubernatorial flag-bearer Pastor Umo Bassey Eno: the Senatorial candidate of the party Barr. Ekong Sampson; House of Representatives Candidate, Hon. Opolobum Etteh and ONNA State House of Assembly Candidate Mr. Sunday Johnny.
The organizers emphasis on the need for youth in the area to see politics as the game of football where everyone have a vital part in contributing to the goals and success of his or her team.
He urges all sport lovers to play the game with a mindset of sustaining the peace which the PDP represents
Speaking on behalf of the Football Association in ONNA, Hon. Kingsley Johnny commended the giant stride of Venerable David E. Udonsek and his teams of organizers assuring that the Football Association is always ready to provide professional advice when the need arises.
Mr Itiat Stone , the secretary of the Local Organizing Committee took time to outline the guidelines for this tournament and pleaded that all Team Managers and Captains should abide accordingly in order to achieve a successful season.
Branded jerseys, mobilization package and Registration Forms were presented to each Team Manager to ease thier preparation even as the fixture reveal the commencement date of 4th December for the Opening Ceremony.
Members of the Local Organizing Committee are
Comrade Nsikan Udonsek – Chairman
Prince Ubong Akpan – Vice Chairman
Mr Itiat Itiat Christopher – Secretary
Comrade Ufot Friday – Director of Mobilisation
Comrade Christopher Jimmy – Technical Director
Mr Idongesit Evans – Medical Director
Comrade Friday Akpan – Media & Publicity
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