Yobe Governor’s  Football Competition Set to Kick Off, Promoting Youth Talent and Unity

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*Aims at talents discovery and promotions of peace, unity, social cohesion as well as economic growth through sports_ 

By; AHMED KAGANA AMSHI, Damaturu

The Commissioner of the Ministry of Youth, Sports, Social, and Community Development, Hon. Barma Shettima, has announced plans to launch the Governor’s Cup Football Competition in Yobe State.

 The event aims to unearth young talents while fostering peace, unity, social cohesion, and economic growth through sports.

Addressing journalists after a meeting with Zonal and Local Government Sport Officers, the Commissioner revealed that teams from 17 local government areas have been selected to participate in the tournament. 

Matches will be held at five stadia across the state, including the August 27 Stadium in Damaturu, Dabo Aliyu Stadium in Potiskum, Gashua Township Stadium, Kawumi Stadium in Geidam, and Nguru Township Stadium.

Hon. Barma highlighted that the final round of the competition will take place at the August 27 Stadium in Damaturu, with the top teams competing for cash prizes. The first-place winner will receive One Million, Five Hundred Thousand Naira, the second-place team will be awarded One Million Naira, and the third-place team will receive Five Hundred Thousand Naira.

Praising the efforts of Governor Mai Mala Buni in revitalizing sports in the state, the Commissioner urged all Sport Officers to ensure fair play and adherence to the rules for a successful tournament.

Executive Director of the Yobe State Sports Council, Dr. Abdulrahman Ago, announced that the tournament’s finale will be held on the newly constructed synthetic pitch at the August 27 Stadium. This artificial grass surface, known for its durability and consistency, is set to enhance the players’ performance.

Dr. Ago expressed gratitude to Governor Mai Mala Buni for supporting the construction of the new football pitch, confirming the Governor’s attendance at the competition’s kick-off ceremony. He noted that the last Governor’s Cup was held in 2017.

Preparations for the tournament are in full swing, with players’ licenses, jerseys, balls, kits, and other necessary equipment already distributed to the participating Local Government Areas.

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