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Third North West Petroleum Unity Cup begins in Calabar


The organisers of the third edition of the North West Petroleum Unity Cup football tournament, which kicked off on Monday at Ishie Town Stadium, Calabar, believe the competition will promote youth football in Nigeria and also reduce crime in the state.

Chairman of the organizing committee, Ntufam Donatus Etim said the tournament, initiated three years ago, was also aimed at engaging the youth in Calabar, adding, “Calabar traditionally is a football city, but for whatever reason, the football tradition was getting gradually diminished and extinct and the only socials we have as a people include burials, naming ceremonies, weddings and so on.

“But having understood what strength soccer has in the live of the youths as well as the elders, especially the spectators, we deemed it necessary to bring back the culture of football because if you check in the present crop of Super Eagles players, you will find out that you don’t have one Cross Riverian.”

Also speaking on the competition, the Group Security Adviser of North West Petroleum, Mr. Salihu Labaran said, “this event is an annual one and we intend to maintain the status as part of our Corporate Social Responsibility, which is to synergise with the community and the state so that we have a harmonised and peaceful society.”  

Also speaking on the competition, a former Nigeria international, Mr. Etta Egbe said since the inception of the competition, a lot of talents have been discovered with some playing at the national and international level.

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