By; VITALIS UGOH, Calabar
Finals of the 4th edition of the Northwest Calabar Municipal football tournament comes up on Saturday in Ikot Ishie, Calabar, Cross River State.
Akim United won Efa Babes to clinch third position while Ward 10 Warriors will play the final match with Ward 5 United on Saturday by 3pm.
For the past four years, North West Petroleum has been sponsoring the football tournament among youths in Calabar Municipality as part of its Corporate Social Responsibility to take the youths off the streets and rreturn the state to its number one position in football and other sports in the country .
The Chairman of the tournament Organising Committee, Ntufam Donatus Etim, said since the tournament started it has helped in checking crime rates as large number of youths are engaged, saying “when football used to be mentioned, Calabar was often in the front burner but it has changed from that record and football has lost its place in the state, we no longer have school sports, where schools play against themselves; even community games where these talents are harnessed.
“But thank God for this tournament and a big thanks goes to the Managing Director and Chief Executive of Northwest Petroleum and Gas for their magnanimity over the last four years as far as this tournament is concern. We can tell you that some other states have borrowed leave from what we have done with this tournament in our community. Like in Delta state, this is going to be their second year of this similar tournament. We are also grateful for the media coverage this tournament has enjoyed as well.
He urged other companies and even capable individuals to also ” look into similar sports tournament sponsorship like this. It should not be only football . Let other sports be given attention. It will surprise you on how much this state and country can generate as foreign direct investment and exchange if we have players from the state playing overseas” .
The take-home package of the tournament is now 250,000 for 1stposition and 150,000 and 100,000 for 2ndand 3rd position respectively. We hope to improve on it as the tournament progresses.