It was a harvest of football talents in Umuowa Community, Orlu Local Government Area Council of Imo State on Sunday, 3 January 2021 as Kingsoul Foundation Football Competition’s grand finale ended in praises and commendations with Umuojimma Village Team racing home with the Golden trophy after defeating Uhu Village by 2- 0 to the admiration of the teeming spectators.
In his commendations message extolling the sponsor of the tournament, Chief Kingsley Onyegbule, the Chairman of Orlu Council of Traditional Rulers, HRH. Eze Magnus Duruigbo who is also the Royal Father of Umuowa Autonomous Community describes the football Competition as the first of its kind in the history of their community.
Eze Duruigbo stated that, the competition has brought more peace and unity in their community by bringing the youths together and further advised the players to make adequate use of the opportunities provided by the donor to ensure that they utilized such wonderful talents to better their lives, families and the society at large.
It would be recalled that, the maiden edition of Kingsoul Football Competition trophy being donated by Chief Kingsley Onyegbule, an illustrious son of the Umuowa Community, notable industrialists and philanthropists through his foundations have decided to empower the youths of his community through football as charity begins at home. Further, he promised also to sponsor most of the talented players abroad in pursuance of their carriers as he doled out huge cash reward for the lst and 2rd positions teams and other consolation prizes.
It is on record that the tournaments featured 12 football teams drawn from the villages in Umuowa Community that participated in the official flag of on the 20th December 2020. While the grand finale was on Sunday, 3 January 2021 at Umuowa Technical Secondary School playing ground with a mammoth spectator, a women dancing group that made the day a fanfare.
The former governor of Imo State and Senator Representing Orlu Zone, Distinguished Senator Rochas Okorocha was among the special guest accompanied by other notable individuals and revered traditional rulers were in attendance including the former Super Eagles Striker, Tijani Babangida and other ex-Super Eagles and National footballers were all present to access the performance of the players and if possible to make selections of the best players for further training and engagements in foreign football clubs.
In his words, ” I am a true Nigerian, having played football in Europe for more than 15 years and a former Nigeria Super Eagles hitman, I featured in two consecutive times for Nigeria in the World cup competitions and above all, I scored some goals in the World Cup and put happiness to the Nigerians more-so, I am also among the team that won the 1996 Atlanta Olympics Cup. So i am in a better position to advise you, players, now, we are not here only for fun we are also here for serious business. What your brother, Chief Kingsley Onyehbule, did to you guys today is great and we are here to encourage you, people, to play according to the rules. What I saw here today is amazing the people in their numbers who came to watch the match is also encouraging and a show of solidarity, I must confess. I thanked the founder of Kingsoul Foundation for the noble gestures”. Tijani said.
The highlights of the fiesta was cultural, gymnastics and acrobatics displays from the members of Imo State Sports Council.