Wednesday, 12 November 2014

Obiano Challenges Team Anambra, As U-13 Team Holds Niger

ANAMBRA State Governor, Willie Obiano, who has been the state contingent's number one supporter at the on-going Seventh National Schools Sports Festival in Oturkpo, Benue State, has charged the team to strive to win the competition.

Obiano, who was at the team's Games Village camp on Monday night to see to their welfare, said the state was prioritising schools sports and would stop at nothing to ensure they succeeded.

The governor, who was represented by the Permanent Secretary in the Anambra Ministry of Sports, Jude Nwafor, said Anambra indigenes were already excited that the state was top on the medals table after the opening ceremony.

Anambra won gold in the March Pass ahead of Niger and Jigawa in the festival tagged "Mark of Excellence." The team also held Niger State to a 1-1 draw in the Under-13 football event.

Obiano said his government approved the participation of the team in 19 games, hence the large contingent, and encouraged them to be obedient to their coaches as people back home were expecting to hear about their good performances.

"I am here to see you on behalf of Governor Willie Obiano, who is particularly interested in your welfare. He is happy with the early success achieved so far in Oturkpo and wants to assure you that he is behind you, the government and people of Anambra want you to do better than the best you have achieved which is third position.

"Please work hard to come first this time and at worst second, we are praying for you and are taking adequate care, your parents are waiting for your success stories," he said.

At the football event yesterday morning at the Jesus College football pitch, Oturkpo, Anambra opened scores through Johnson Henry in the 18th minute, while Niger replied towards the end of the first half through Ahmed Musa.

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