Ortom Urges Not To Allow Benue Governor’s Cup Go Into Extinction

Ortom Urges Not To Allow Benue Governor’s Cup Go Into Extinction

By Henry Ibya, Makurdi

Sports enthusiast and sponsor Ratels Benue State league Mr Paul Edeh has emphasized the need for lovers of sports in the state, particularly Governor Samuel Ortom to ensure that the Governor’s cup, which was a major place for grassroot talent hunt for young footballers does not go into extinction.

Speaking during the closing ceremony of Ratels Benue State league football competition  organised by his foundation held at the Aper Aku Stadium Makurdi, Edeh expressed the need to revive the tournament which according to him in the past was a grooming ground for players and recalled that great players in the likes of Moses Kpakor and Dominic Iorfa who later became household names in the world of soccer were discovered during the competition.

Mr Edeh who commended Chairman Benue Football Association Mrs Margaret Icheen for her tireless efforts towards development of sports particularly football in the state, equally expressed appreciation to other son’s and daughters of the state who contributed to the development of the round leather game and appealed that they  continue to do everything possible to ensure that the game of football does not go into extinction, and stressed that he decided to organise the competition to serve as talent hunt at the grassroot.

He equally appealed to Governor Samuel Ortom to ensure the revival of Governors cup competition which has gone comatose during his time suggesting that the sports loving Governor should sponsor the cup before his exit from office.

At the end of the competition, Faith- hills FC of Makurdi defeated Hon. Godwin Edoh FC of Agatu by 3-2 to emerge league champion, going home with a giant trophy, #250,000:00 and other prices while Hon. Godwin Edoh FC of Agatu who came second went home with#150,000:00 and other gift items with Elites FC of Ugba taking third position and going home with#100,000:00 respectively.

In an interview head coach of Faith-hills FC of Makurdi winners of the tournament, Greg Jegeli thanked the organisers of the competition for the opportunity to participate and expressed happiness that his boys were able to translate what they have learnt from training to reality by lifting the trophy.

On his part head coach of Hon. Godwin Edoh FC said though his boys had lost in the finals the result is an improvement on their performance when compared to their last years outting, stressing that in the game of football you either win or lose and accepted the defeat in good faith.