Mbam Ejike, Abakaliki

The Chairman of Abakaliki Local Government Council, Hon Ebere Nwogba has commended the organizers of the 2022 Izhi Football Competition which kicked-off today at Izhi Nnodo Cultural Field, Anmegu, for their committment and hardwork, describing the event as being properly organized with everything well taken care of.

The Chairman made this commendation shortly after an opening match marking the 2022 season of Izhi Football Association (IFA) tournament which saw Ebyia boys and Ebonyi boys (defending champion) ending at 2-2 scores at Izhi Nnodo Cultural field.

Nwogba urged young people to toe the line of peace and shun any form of vices that are inimical to the society.

He described the young players as energetic and mobile, hence, emphasised that the competition would harness young minds who will go places, making a career and living out of football.

“I see potential in the young men. They are very energetic, very mobile, you can see them everywhere. From this activity that honourable Speaker has put together, I believe we are going to harness young men that are going to make a career and living out of it.

” So, I believe it is a wonderful arrangement and I urge the young people to toe the line of peace and shun any form of vice inimical to the society”.

Also speaking, the national president of Izhi Nnodo Youth Forum, (INYF) Hon. Ben Nwovu thanked the speaker of Ebonyi State House of Assembly, Rt Hon Frnacis Nwifuru, for organizing the youths of Izhi clan for the event, which according to him, would help them discover their talents.

He added that some people didn’t discover their talents due to lack of opportunities such as this.

The national president also noted that among the people who featured in the last competition, some of them are currently playing for different national leagues, and emphasized that he’s optimistic that very good number of them will be taken to play for international leagues after this season.

Recall that Izhi Football Association Super League Competition is a friendly match sponsored by the Honourable Speaker, Ebonyi State House of Assembly and Ebonyi APC governorship candidate in the 2023 election, RT Hon. Francis Ogbonna Nwifuru, aimed at uniting, harnessing and bringing the Izhi people and other clans in the State together.