By; AYO OJEDOKUN, Lagos
A total of 26 teams made of 19 male and 7 female teams are
participating in this year’s 18th edition of Chief of Naval Staff U-14 boys as,well as Naval Officers Wives Association U-17 girls football competition which kicked off on Sunday, November 21, at the Old Parade Ground, Abuja.
Declaring the tournament open, the Chief of Naval Staff, Vice Admiral Awwal Zuberu- Gambo, who was
represented by Rear Admiral Chris Ezekobe, Chief of Policy and Plans, Nigerian Navy explained that Navy’s continuous sponsorship of the tournament is part of its plans to.help in grassroots sports development in the country noting that he’s happy with the successes recorded since its inception.
“I’m happy with the success story of this tournament which has led to the discovery of many talented kids some of whom later played for the various junior national teams and we’ll continue to partner with YSFON to make the championship better”, he said.
The CNS then charged Youth Sports Federation of Nigeria and all the officials and participating teams to ensure they maintain discipline and abide by the rules of the game which he said is key to a successful tournament.
Some top Naval officers who witnessed the opening ceremony include,
Rear Admiral B.Nagemu, Chief of Logistics, Naval Headquarters, Rear Admiral B Yussuf Naval Chief of Transformation and Commodore I ZElani Director of Sports Nigerian Navy.
Others are Commissioner of Police,
Rabi Umar, Force Education Officer as well as Deputy Commissioner of Police, Patrick Atayero, Director of Sports Nigerian Police, amongst others.
teams that are participating in the weeklong championship include; defending champions, Kwara (Female) and Ekiti (Male),hosts FCT, Plateau, Kaduna, Imo, Kano, Edo, Bauchi and Navy and Airforce male and female teams.
Meanwhile, in the opening game of the tournament, Nigerian Navy and Airforce played goalless.
Group stage matches continues Tuesday
day and Wednesday at both the .National Fire Service Academy & NSCDC playing ground Abuja..