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Anambra commissions Awka City Stadium

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By Stanley Nwako

Governor Willie Obiano, yesterday, commissioned the ultra modern Awka City Stadium built by the state government.

The stadium is located in the heart of Awka, with the facility designed to accommodate future expansion possibilities and still retain a large parking space.

In the maiden match, Eri Primary School, Aguleri, beat Osumenyi Community Primary School by a lone goal in the under 13 academicals.

The state government is to formerly launch its male and female football clubs in February, next year.

While commissioning the project, the governor said that the stadium was funded by the government to serve the sporting needs of the talented youths in the state.

“It is my honour to declare this sports facility open for use this day, 28th December, 2021”.

According to the governor, the people would have access to modern sporting and recreational facilities that would boost their hopes for improved lifestyle and reduce the pressure on Alex Ekwueme Square, which was not conceived as a facility for sports but has been converted to one by expediency.

He said that the new Awka City Stadium would further deepen development of football in the state and equally keep the youth busy positively

Governor Obiano,while saying that the stadium was built by FIFA rated contractor, Moneymichelle Company,
commended the state chairman, Sports Development Commission, Mr Tony Oli for his zeal in ensuring that the state restores its lost glory in the sport sector.

The governor added that his administration promised to complete all it’s signature projects which included the International Convention Center, airport and Awka City Stadium before existing office in March, 17, 2022.

A lover of football and member, representing Njikoka Constituency 2 in the state House of Assembly, Dr Pete Ibida said that the present administration had left an indelible footprint in an area where it matters a lot in sports just as he did in aviation industry by constructing a magnificent Anambra International Cargo and Passenger Airport.

An ex Super Eagles player, Mr David Okala, who appreciated the governor for the achievement said that the facility would now host national and international matches.

Earlier, Chairman, Sports Development Commission in the state, Mr Tony Oli, said that the state government had gone into agreement with the contractor to maintain the facility and maintained that with the sporting facilities put in place, the state would produce talents that would continue to represent the state and country at the international level.

Some of the players interviewed described the stadium as a dream come through for sports lovers, saying that the stadium would help groom and discover new talents.

It would be recalled that the governor announced formation of men and women football teams for the state to be called ‘Anambra Bombers and Anambra Babes’ to represent the state in national and international competitions.

In the other games played, Community Secondary School, Isuofia, lost two zero to Christ the Redeemer College, Amesi, while Aguata High School, Aguata, beat Father Joseph Memorial Secondary School, Aguleri, one – zero.

Meanwhile, Anaocha came first in the 4 x 100 meters mix relay. Awka South came second while Aguata came third.

The winners of the male and female academicals won N1million each and second runners up won N500, 000

Also, the winner and runner up of the under 13 won N500,000 and N250,000.

Ex Super Eagles players, security chiefs, top government officials, among other sports lovers graced the occasion.

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