Sir Dickson Samuel, an Abuja-based Business man and Philanthropist, has said that he is determined to discover budding football talents in Ohaozara LGA and entire Ebonyi state.
Samuel gave the indication at Uburu during the grand finale of Sir Dick Female football Super cup for girls in the autonomous communities of Uburu, Ohaozara LGA.
The philanthropist said he intended to replicate the finesse and gains of female football at the international level, at the grassroots.
“Anytime I watch female football at the national and international level, I become enchanted and wish to replicate such at the grassroots, starting from my area.
“I decided to organise this competition to discover young talents and groom them to become national and international stars.
“When these talents blossom, they would represent Uburu and Ebonyi state well at competitions and graduate to represent the country at international competitions,”.
He said that the players would be groomed to combine football with education because it remains the key to life’s success.
“We will subsequently offer scholarships to participating players to enable them achieve desired goals.
“We will also scout for players from various secondary schools in Uburu and beyond to ensure that young girls actualise their life ambitions through football,”.
Samuel urged relevant governmental authorities to pay adequate interest to the development of female football as was given to male football due to inherent gains.
The Coordinator of the competition, Hillary Obiesie Ogbonna said the competition would serve as a talent hunt to discover budding young female footballers in Uburu and subsequently beyond.
Obisie Ogbonna, who is the Secretary of the Ebonyi State Football Association, said that six teams participated in the competition which was competed by various autonomous community in Uburu.
“The final of the competition is between Eweze-Uburu and Enu-Uburu automonus communities and the competition has been a great success.
“Being the inaugural edition, we noticed some challenges which include: the players playing on bare-foot as youngsters, among other challenges.
“The players in subsequent editions would be playing with canvass shoes and boots because they must had played more school competitions and gotten used to such wears,”.
He urged other philanthropists to emulate Dickson Samuel to ensure that young female footballers use football to actualise their life ambitions.
“The winners of the competition will receive N50,000, runners up–N30,000 while the third placed team will receive N20,000.
“The sponsor also provided free jerseys, balls among other items, to the teams,”.
Eweze-Uburu defeated Enu-Uburu 2-0 in the final of the highly competitive competition.