The Coach of the DOSAD Priests FC and Director of DOSAD, Rev. Fr Coach Obinna Dike makes his remarks
The sports and recreation interaction between Goldashe United Football Club of Port Harcourt, All Stars Team and Priests' Brotherhood Football Team of Awka Catholic Diocese popularly called DOSAD, turned out very entertaining and memorable. Even though the football friendly between the two sides ended 1-0 in favour of the host Goldashe at their home ground University of Science and Technology (UST) Port Harcourt, both sides really entertained spectators with good football skills, Friday, March 3, 2017.
The Match played under enticing weather, just after a short but heavy rainfall, was primarily for fun and relaxation. According to the Coach of DOSAD Priests FC, Rev. Fr. Coach Obinna Dike, it was an opportunity to have good memories and relax. He commended and admired the organization of Goldashe FC for their unity since their founding over two decades.
The President of Goldashe United FC, Hon. Dr. Kerian Nobodo giving his welcome address. L-R; Akpo Yinkore (Secretary/ Coach of Goladashe United FC), Rev. Fr. Damian Ogwata (Captain of DOSAD Priests Team and Team Manager of DOSAD Academy), the Coach of the DOSAD Priests FC and Director of DOSAD, Rev. Fr Coach Obinna Dike and the President of Goldashe United FC, Hon. Dr. Kerian Nobodo
In a special way, he thanked the priests who sacrificed their time and resheduled pastoral commitments to play the match primarily in honour of Goldashe. Fr. Obinna, who spoke on behalf of the Catholic Bishop of Awka Diocese Most Rev Dr Paulinus Ezeokafor and his Auxillary, Most Rev Jonas Benson Okoye sent the greetings and blessings of the Bishops to the Goldashe Team. In a special way, he thanked the Secretary of DOSAD, Rev. Fr. Christian Umeojilinnaka who was the initiator and middleman between the Priests Team and the Goldashe team. “We want to be like you and we want to surpass you. Once in a while it is important to get out of your cubicle and refresh”. Fr. Obinna added. Fr Coach Dike also heaped praises on Chief Fidelis Nweke, an indigene of Awka Diocese from Ugbene and a top member of Goldashe, who engineered the meeting of the two sides. Chief Nweke sponsored and built the church building at Ugbene.
Group photograph of the Goldashe Team
The President of Goldashe United FC, Hon. Dr. Kerian Nobodo, commended the DOSAD Priests FC for their discipline, humility, comportment, maturity and spirit of sacrifice. He added that the match was the first game they have played that was peaceful without any fight or arguments. He thanked the priests for their time, unity and their spirit of sportsmanship. The Goldashe members who were impressed over the priest's zealousness and cheerfulness promised to host them again in a grand style.
Chief Fidel Pepple Nweke (Ide of Ugbene), of the Goldashe team , commended the DOSAD Priests team for their efforts and time. He said that the game was a fair game and wished such competitions would be repeated. Impressed by the Priests team, Chief Nweke promised to host them personally in the next game. He thanked Fr. Umeojilinnaka for his doggedness and zealousness towards DOSAD and towards his priestly ministry.
The team manager of DOSAD and the Captain of DOSAD Priests FC, Rev. Fr. Damian Ogwata, said that the game was a wonderful and friendly game. He added that though a mistake of own goal was scored but that it was a way for them to learn from their mistakes and to prepare them for forth coming competitions. He commended the management of (UST), for such a standard football field for training and wished other states and universities have such. He added that the friendly match was an opportunity for the Priests to learn from the Goldashe because they had a lot of ex- international members who played the game.
Group photograph of the DOSAD Priests Team
Fides gathered that the goal keeper of Goldashe in the match was Sam Agams, an ex- Eagles keeper. Sam said he enjoyed the game and wished it could be repeated. He admired the Priests team for their cohesion and high pressure in the game despite playing at half strength as many of priests' footballers could not travel as the rescheduling of the match from Feb 24 to March 3 coincided with Lenten Friday engagements. He commended the Priests team for making that sacrifice in their favour and said the members of Goldashe feel proud to be the first team in the entire Rivers state to play priests' footballers, more so from a distant state. Some other ex-internationals are Hathyns Bryson Pepple and Cyril Levi.
The Goldashe received and welcomed the DOSAD Priests team warmly and also organized a dinner welcome party for the team. It was fun all through. Fr Hillary Nwajagu , the manager of Loretto Special Science School Adazi massively supported the priests team by providing them a bus for the journey. The Priests' Brotherhood Team has always requested for a common bus for their travels and for DOSAD Football Academy Enugwu-Ukwu, Awka Diocese from good spirited individuals. The Priests team left early morning the next day Saturday, March 4, back to Awka.