From the Editor
Football will be used to set Ebonyi agog with the forthcoming Mayor Super Cup competition, 2022. It is a competition that will involve eight teams that would slug it at the main bowl of Pa Ngele Oruta stadium, Abakaliki for the coveted prize.
The eight teams include the Nigerian police, National Youth Service Corps, Nigerian Immigration Service, All Stars, Reformed Nkuwasi, Lions, Bankers, and Future Stars football teams.
The competition is aimed at fostering unity and purposefulness among the participating teams which will cascade to an atmosphere of conviviality across the sporting sphere of the state using football as an illus.
Hon. Maxwell Umahi, a protege of the Umahi’s political dynasty, is a chip off the old block. He is effectively towing the political, sagacious steps of the effervescent master performer, Engr, Chief David Umahi, the Governor of Ebonyi state.
Maxwell, a renowned sports enthusiast, matches words with action. He declared that he will use sports as a tool for social re-engineering and a veritable source of self-reliance by youths of the state, especially those from the Abakaliki North state constituency.
He is vying to represent the constituency at the state House of Assembly under the All Progressives Congress (APC). Even before ascending the seat deservedly, he has set the ball rolling with the super cup in his alias name.
The competition is aided by the composition of seasoned football administrative egg heads, ably coordinated and supervised by the ebullient state commissioner for Youth Development and Sports, Hon, Charles Akpu-Enika, another chip of the Umahi’s block.
The 9-man Main Organising Committee (MOC) has quickly set to work and successfully conducted all pre-competition formalities.
Emmanuel Utobo, Director of Sports in the state Sports Council heads the MOC. In several meetings with the committee and representatives of the participating teams, he outlined the modalities to ensure a hitch-free competition and dexterously clarified issues of interest to the teams.
Hillary Ogbonna, the Secretary of the state Football Association is the MOC’s Secretary. He oversaw the production of the competition’s rules and guidelines and stoutly maintains that the guidelines would adhere to the latter in conformity with the Federation of International Football (FIFA) and Confederation of African Football (CAF) standards.
With the commencement of activities about the competition after the nation’s Independence celebrations, football fans are expecting worthy days of football glory.