Francis Ajuonuma, Lagos
This year’s edition of the annual Bishop Mike Okonkwo Football competition which kicked off on Saturday, May ,18 at the practice pitch of the National Institute For Sports ( NIS ), Lagos enters week 2, this week.
Reviewing the performance of the teams in the first week of the championship which is in its’ 17th edition, Chairman of the Local Organizing Committee of the championship, Deacon Malachy Ndubuzor was impressed with the conduct of the teams in the competition so far.
“I’m happy that the first week of the competition has gone without any hitches, complaints or injury to the players and all the teams and officials have approached all the games with maturity, professionalism and good sportsmanship.
“As we enter the second week, I look forward to seeing more interesting matches which has made the championship a house hold name in the country since its maiden edition 17 years ago”, he stressed.
Ndubuzor, while commending members of the LOC for their stewardship and support, explained that the competition which was originally organized for church teams has expanded its scope this year to accommodate Muslim teams as a way of promoting inter- religious relationship as well as keeping to the philosophy of Bishop Mike Okonkwo to give opportunity to youths to excel in their chosen profession not minding their religion, tribe, ethnicity or language.
” This year’s tournament is unique because we broke from tradition and allowed Moslem teams to be part of the competition. We did this to promote inter- religious relationship and also give our teeming youths opportunity to showcase their talents not minding their religious obligations”, he concluded.
Meanwhile, in some of the matches played in week one, Oba Skills FC pipped Success FC 1-0 while United FC defeated Strong Towers 2-1 with Dortmund FC loosing 0-2 to Goshen Stars just as Starlet FC recorded a 3-1 victory over Enygee FC.
Also, Utility Sports and Shola FC played a 2-2 draw . Pharaoh FC beat MFL 4-2. Dynamite FC lost 1-3 to Golden Potters with Sunny FC and Young Talent 99 settling for 1-1 draw. Rehoboth beat Chiboy FC 1-0 while Recovery FC walked over VIL FC.
In the women category, Lakeside Queens defeated Aseyori Queens 3-2 while Victory Queens beat Donnaz Ladies 1-0 just as Phonix Queens walked over Royal Princes.
A total of 64 male and 8 female teams are taking part in the competition sponsored by the precising Bishop of ‘ The Redeemed Evangelical Mission’ ( TREM), Bishop Mike Okonkwo.