A community-based organisation, Tropical Gate Foundation has organised football competition for communities in Aguata, Anambra state targeted at engaging youths in the state to reduce their level of involvement in crimes and criminality.
The youths who participated in the tournament tagged, “Aguata community shield 2021 football tournament” were drawn from communities in the area including Ekwulobia, Akpo, Achina, Uga, Igbo-Ukwu, Isuofia, Umuchu, Aguluezechukwu and Ezinifite.
Isuofia football team emerged the winner with a cash prize of N600,000, Igbo-Ukwu community team came second with N375,000, while Umuchu community who took third place recieved N250,000.
Awards and cash prizes were given to players among whom were Best Player, Ewezuga Ilomba (Isuofia) community Highest Goal Scorer: Ezeokoye Onyeka (Ekwulobia), Best Keeper, Emeka Okonkwo (Isuofia), Best Coach, Chekwube Okonkwo (Isuofia) and Fair Play Team which went to Ikenga community,
Speaking during the finals and prize award presentations, Managing Director of the group, Apostle Nnamdi Mbaigbo said the competition was organised towards attaining even development among communities in the state.
He underscored the place of sports as a veritable tool for socio-cultural growth and development of communities particularly that of Aguata Local Government Area of the state.
He said, “The foundation deemed it necessary to engage the youths with sports because of the increasing spate of insecurity that has bedeviled this region.
“It equally understands the United Nations sustainable goals which is part of eradicating poverty. Sports if well harnessed can be a tool for eradicating poverty because there is an economy that goes around sporting activities.”
Mbaigbo further identified other areas the group considered sports to be a veritable tool to include prioritizing its importance by focusing at the future which remained part of its mantra to recruit talented players.
“We find it worthy to interface with our society in this area using sports as a tool for social growth, development and security management,” he added.
He appreciated the efforts of the President General of all the communities in the area, the Local Organising Committee, members of the press, Amesi Vigilante Group, and members of Amesi improvement union.