Retired FIFA referee, Mbaezue, tasks Soludo on completion of Awka Stadium
A retired Federation of International Football Association (FIFA) badged referee, Prince Donatus Mbaezue, has tasked Anambra State Governor, Prof. Chukwuma Soludo, with the need to complete the remaining portions of the Awka Stadium to enable the state to host international football and other sporting tournaments.
He hailed the former governor of the state, Willie Obiano, for giving the state the stadium, regarded as the best in the Southeast geo-political zone.
Mbaezue, who is a member of the Match Commissioners Appointment Committee of the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF), said the Awka City Stadium will help in reviving the waning interest in sports in the state and serve as a place of relaxation and fun.
He urged Soludo to seek private partnership in the sports development and completion of the stadium, advising that individuals or corporate bodies that contribute to the construction of any pavilion in the stadium should have it named after them.
Earlier, Anambra Aiteo Cup champions, Peace Football Club of Awka, got a shocker in the maiden edition of revived Awka South Local Football Council League, yesterday, losing 0 – 1 to a newcomer, Wilson Football Club of Awka.
Six teams are participating in the tournament sponsored by Awka Ambassadors Club Worldwide. The teams are Peace FC, Wilson FC of Okpuno, Fortune FC, Umuawulu FC, Uncle Ralphs FC and New Cents FC.
The curtain raiser by Wilson came in the 58th minute through Emeka Okoye who outsmarted two defenders to power home a shot that beat Peace FC’s experience goalie, Chigozie Akabuike.
Speaking on the occasion, the Chairman of the Planning Committee of the tournament, Anayo Obiakor, said the ASLFC tournament was aimed at discovering budding talents among the youths with the possibility of taking them off the streets and away from crime.
Earlier, the Chairman of the occasion and a chieftain of Awka Ambassadors Club, Chief Jude Agumadu and the Chairman of ASLFC, Ofili, as well as Federal House of Representatives candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) for Awka North and South, Vin Emeka Igwe, appreciated the organisers and sponsors for providing a forum for talent hunting and exposure of youths to international football.