The Honourable Commissioner for Information Delta State, Ehiedu Aniagwu while speaking to our correspondent at Futbalgalore.com, at the first half break of the pre-season tournament’s final match between Lobi Stars Football FC of Makurdi and Kwara United FC, said the tournament has lived up to the reason for its creation in the first place.
The former AIT presenter of Political Platform, while also commending the players at the tournament said, “let me appreciate all the footballers at the tournament. As for this particular sports event, of course, as it is called, it is a pre-season tournament and we believe it will be able to develop our footballers who will now perform better when the season kicks off proper. The tournament has lived up to what we expected.”
“This afternoon Lobi Stars and Kwara United are putting in their best and so far, it does appear that it is a battle of equals. With the first half gone, goalless, we believe that when they come back for the second half we will be able to see who is supreme of the two, who becomes the winner and when that happens, we’ll have cause to rejoice with the winner and whoever is the second runner-up because both teams have been able to give a good account of themselves.”
“What is most important is that what is happening here is in line with our belief that when you are able to put investments in sports, you discover talents and that helps to contribute to the standard of living and this is what we are known for in Delta State”, he added.
When asked the secret to a organising a great pre-season tournament he said, the secret is this; we take sports very seriously in Delta State. You have seen the Stephen Keshi Stadium what we have done with it. Dr. Ifeanyi Okowa believes that investment in sports helps to keep people healthy and he believes that with sports, we will be able to conquer the world. Sports can bring peace and harmony to our Communities and we’ll be able to boost the economy of our people as well and we believe that with sports, we can keep the youths out of crime and criminality”.
“With what is happening here even if our teams is not among the teams competing in the finals were impressed that we have brought Nigerians to come and benefit from the hospitality Delta State is known for. You see everyone is happy, no-one is fighting any one, we are able to market what we are to the world and we are impressed by the performance so far.”
The commissioner for information concluded by saying, “we believe that going forward this pre-season tournament will help us produce more talents and have more robust participation”.